The New England Patriots have made three more transactions on their way to getting their roster under the regular season limit of 53. As first reported by ESPN's Mike Reiss, the team has let rookie wide receiver Cody Hollister go:
Undrafted WR Cody Hollister has been informed he is being waived. Practice squad candidate if he clears waivers.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 2, 2017
Cody Hollister alongside his twin brother Jacob, who plays tight end, has been signed as an undrafted free agent in early May. As opposed to hid brother, he failed to stand out during New England's preseason and finished with two catches for 40 yards and a touchdown. Furthermore, playing on one of the deepest positions on the team – one that has seen the addition of Philipp Dorsett today – made his chances of making the team quasi non-existent.
Despite Julian Edelman's ACL tear, Hollister was unable to move up the depth chart and as a result was released today. However, he is eligible for the practice squad.
Also eligible for the practice squad are two other undrafted players released by the Patriots today:
Patriots have cut David Jones, per source— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) September 2, 2017
The Patriots waived Nick Usher, per source.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) September 2, 2017
Jones and Usher joined the Patriots almost four months apart but their roster prospects were still the same: Both were part of deep positions and served as rotational options at safety and edge defender, respectively. Jones registered 10 preseason tackles in this capacity, Usher five.