While the roster cutdown deadline has already passed, the New England Patriots have still not made their moves official. Reportedly, however, they are moving on from a member of their 2017 undrafted class: according to NESN’s Doug Kyed, the Patriots have opted to release linebacker Harvey Langi with the intention of bringing him back via the practice squad:
The Patriots released LB Harvey Langi, per source.
If Langi clears waivers, he’s expected to be signed to the Patriots’ practice squad.
Langi spent most of his rookie season on injured reserve after suffering multiple injuries in a car crash. He was back on the field this offseason but was diagnosed with a lacerated kidney that has kept him out of practice and preseason. While he was a candidate to be placed on injured reserve, New England apparently feels better releasing the 25-year old to get him to the practice squad.
According to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, New England also parted ways with offensive tackle Matt Tobin today:
Matt Tobin has been released, per source.
The 28-year old offseason acquisition was battling for the fourth spot at offensive tackle behind starters Trent Brown and Marcus Cannon, and top swing option LaAdrian Waddle. And while he could have been a beneficiary from season-ending injuries suffered by Isaiah Wynn and Ulrick John, it looks as if Tobin did not do enough over the course of the summer to ultimately take advantage of the opportunity.
Instead, it would not be a surprise if the Patriots either kept last year’s number four – Cole Croston – or opted to go with only three offensive tackles.