The New England Patriots are in the process of constructing their post-draft roster. The team needs to fit its nine draft picks and thus far 10 undrafted free agent signings under the 90-men roster limit. In order to do so, however, the Patriots need to make a few other transactions.
The first two were made yesterday, when New England waived cornerback Rashaan Melvin and linebacker James Vaughters (via Mike Reiss):
Patriots waived CB Rashaan Melvin and LB James Vaughters today.
Rashaan Melvin first joined the Patriots via a waiver claim last October. As a nickel cornerback, the 26-year old appeared in eight games for the club before being released in December. He re-signed to the practice squad the next day and was signed to a reserve/future contract in January. Now, the team has once again cut ties with him.
Just like Melvin, James Vaughters also signed a reserve/future contract in January – and just like Melvin, he was released yesterday. After going undrafted in 2015, Vaughters spent the majority of his rookie year with the Green Bay Packers, who released him with an injury settlement in October. Therefore, the 22-year old has yet to appear in an NFL game.