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Patriots Release Defensive Back Eric Patterson

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New England has made a minor transaction and cut its ties with a rookie defender.

Trouble holding onto interceptions, trouble holding onto a roster spot.
Trouble holding onto interceptions, trouble holding onto a roster spot.
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots continue shuffling their defensive backfield. Today, the team announced that it has released undrafted rookie cornerback Eric Patterson. The move should not be considered a surprise, as Patterson was a long-shot to make the Patriots' 53-man roster.

The team's official press release states the following about the now former Patriot:

Patterson, 22, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Ball State on May 8, 2015. The 5-foot-10, 193-pounder, started in 28 of 41 games during his four-year career at Ball State and finished with 135 total tackles and six interceptions. He was used as a kickoff returner as a senior in 2014 and was named to the 2014 All-Mid-American Conference First Team after finishing with 23 kickoffs for 590 yards.

Releasing Patterson leaves the Patriots with 89 players on the roster (44 defense, 42 offense, 3 special teams) and thus one open spot, which will likely be filled in the upcoming days.