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Patriots 2018 sixth-rounder Christian Sam joins list of reported exits

Linebacker Christian Sam spent his rookie season on injured reserve.

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The New England Patriots’ latest round of reported roster departures includes a 2018 draft choice.

New England is waiving linebacker Christian Sam, according to Nick Underhill of The Athletic.

Selected in the sixth round last April out of Arizona State, Sam spent the entirety of his rookie regular season on injured reserve after a preseason that saw him finish with 12 tackles and an interception. Special teams and a weak-side coverage role were the draft projection for 6-foot-2, 240-pound Sam, who started New England’s August finale Thursday night versus the New York Giants.

The Patriots are also waiving wide receiver Damoun Patterson and offensive lineman Martez Ivey, as NESN’s Doug Kyed and Underhill reported, respectively.

Patterson signed to New England’s practice squad last November after making stops with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted rookie out of Youngstown State. The 24-year-old target caught two passes for 40 yards and a touchdown this preseason with the Patriots.

Ivey, who played in 49 career games while at Florida and started 44 between tackle and guard, joined the Patriots during the initial week of training camp in late July. The Gators’ two-time second-team All-SEC selection went undrafted this spring.

New England’s roster will stand with 53 by 4 p.m. ET Saturday.