The New England Patriots have released a pair of young players to trim their roster down to 87. Yesterday afternoon, the team announced that they had released rookie free agent Jimmy Jean. This morning, Cameron’s Gordon agent announced the Patriots would be releasing the first-year linebacker.
Jean, who played both safety and cornerback during his time at UAB, had intriguing length at 6’3”. However, being a 26 year old rookie, the Patriots likely believed his upside as a practice squad player was limited.
Gordon, 24, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan in 2014. He landed on injured reserve during his first training camp, and was beat out by players such as James Morris in 2015.
The moves leave the Patriots with three open roster spots. Rosters will need to be cut down to 75 players by September 1st at 4:00 PM, so it remains to be seen if the Patriots will fill those spots.