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2017 NFL roster cuts: Patriots release WR K.J. Maye and LB Trevor Bates

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New England has made two more transactions.

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After trading third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, the New England Patriots have made another transaction at the position. According to NESN's Doug Kyed, the defending world champions have released wide receiver K.J. Maye:

Maye joined the Patriots in late July following the retirement of defensive edge Rob Ninkovich. The 23-year old, who originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2016, served as a rotational depth option at the wide receiver position during the preseason, finishing with 10 catches for 66 yards and one score.

The Minnesota product is eligible for the practice squad and might become an option in case Austin Carr and Devin Lucien fail to clear waivers in case they get released.

According to Kyed, the Patriots have also released a depth linebacker:

Bates also entered the NFL in 2016 – as a seventh round draft pick by the Colts. After finishing his rookie campaign on the Patriots' practice squad, he was signed to a futures contract in February. Bates was unable to move up the linebacker depth chart over the course of summer, however. And despite finishing with the fourth-most preseason tackles on the team (13), he was now released.

Just like Maye, Bates is still eligible for the practice squad.