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Patriots to Release Alfonzo Dennard

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Alfonzo Dennard is set for release, according to Ian Rappoport.

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And the backfield shuffle continues.

According to Ian Rappoport, the New England Patriots are planning to release cornerback Alfonzo Dennard:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Patriots?src=hash">#Patriots</a> are releasing CB Alfonzo Dennard, who they drafted in 2012, source said. He had 4 starts this year.</p>&mdash; Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/595569949457846272">May 5, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Dennard had a fairly strong start for the Patriots, but dropped off as time went on, and became fairly irrelevant last season with the signing of Revis and Browner. The general consensus for 2015 was that Dennard would be in the mix for the starting outside corner position alongside Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, Bradley Fletcher, and Robert McClain, but apparently Belichick has other plans.

All of this cornerback shakeup leads me to believe that there might be another move or two coming over the next few months. We all know that the Patriots have gone through an entire season - several, in fact - with little more than wide receivers at the corner position, so this might very well be it for the coming year. But there are still a few months before things get started in earnest, so don't be surprised if more DBs are brought into the fold.