New England Patriots release Spencer Larsen

The New England Patriots have cut fullback Spencer Larsen, per Aaron Wilson. Thus, making it likely the the Patriots will go forward without utilizing a fullback in the 2012 season, which is unsurprising overall.

The release of Larsen makes it more likely that the Patriots will go forward with five running backs, which would keep undrafted rookie Brandon Bolden on the 53-man roster. While that is far from a guarantee, the chances of Bolden making the roster have greatly increased with this release.

In fact, some are speculating that Bolden could play as the Pats fullback from time to time. That’s an interesting idea, but I doubt it happens. Aaron Hernandez will be used as an H-Back, and the Patriots have two top blocking tight ends in Daniel Fells and, of course, Rob Gronkowski. Therefore, I expect Fells to play a bigger role with the offense as a blocker this coming season.

Neither Eric Kettani nor Spencer Larsen instilled much confidence during the preseason or in training camp, with the exception of an above-average performance from Kettani in the first preseason game. Larsen is definitely the better fullback, but he’s not 53-man roster material at this point. The fullback’s role in this league has been greatly diminished, and the Patriots don’t need one with the tight ends they have on the roster.

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