The New England Patriots have made another couple transactions today. According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, the team has waived one of its backup tight ends, an offensive lineman, and a pass rusher:
Sam Cotton has been released, per source.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 1, 2017
Jason King has been released, per source.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 1, 2017
Patriots released Mikey Bart, per source.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 1, 2017
Cotton originally joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska shortly after the draft. While he was joining a tight end group that was in flux behind roster locks Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen, the 23-year old was facing an uphill battle for a roster spot. After all, he had three players ahead of him on the depth chart. And even though one – Matt Lengel – was placed on injured reserve, Cotton was unable to beat out his competition.
The Patriots also released OG Jason King, who was playing at the end of the offensive line depth chart. He played just 26 snaps against the Giants and fell behind fellow rookie OL Cole Croston on the depth chart.
Bart was signed as a depth option in the final week of the preseason as the top players on the depth chart recovered from injuries.
The moves trims another few roster spots for New England, which is now down to 85 players. 32 more to go until the team has reached the 53-man regular season limit.