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New England Patriots release two

While the rest of the league was either franchising a player or giving a lucrative deal to their starting quarterback, the New England Patriots decided to cut two players who wouldn’t have made the 53-man roster next year. The Pats dumped off fullback Spencer Larsen and offensive tackle Kyle Hix, and both players have been dealing with injuries over the past couple of seasons.

Larsen, who was expected to take the starting fullback role, had a disappointing preseason and was placed on the injured reserve for the year with an undisclosed injury. Although he can also play at linebacker and on special teams, Larsen is mainly a fullback which is a position the Patriots are not concerned about. Larsen could not capture that role, and Brandon Bolden or the use of an H-back is better if the Pats do indeed decide to use a fullback-type player (Michael Hoomanawanui‘s excellent run blocking makes him a real asset as an H-back).

Beyond that, Larsen would have made $750,000 in base salary in 2013, which is too much money to be giving to a fringe-roster player who did not play a snap last season.

Hix, signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas a couple of years back, hasn’t done much in his two NFL seasons. The offensive tackle has consistently landed on the injured reserve, so both cuts are no surprise.

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