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2017 NFL roster cuts: Patriots release safety Jason Thompson

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New England has let another player go.

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The New England Patriots' busy day continues as the team is trying to get closer to the 53-man roster limit. As first reported by the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, the team has let undrafted rookie Jason Thompson go:

Thompson originally joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Utah earlier this year. The 23-year old faced an uphill battle to make the roster, however, as he found himself in a four-man competition for the final safety spot – a spot that appears to be going to Jordan Richards.

During the preseason, the Utah product appeared in all four of New England's games and registered nine tackles on defense and one on special teams. While he was serviceable, it was not enough to survive the numbers game at the position. Still, even though he is out of a job now, Thompson is still a candidate to return via the practice squad.

Due to the move, the Patriots now have 82 players on the roster.