New England Patriots minor moves recap 9/6

The New England Patriots made a couple of minor moves on the back end of the roster yesterday, and the most interesting of them was the Patriots decision to basically reverse a move they made earlier this week. The Patriots decided to cut fullback James Develin and sign tight end Matthew Mulligan, and it seemed like the Patriots wanted some more depth at TE and were less interested in having an actual fullback in their offense. That would make sense, because the Patriots could clear “space” at TE and add a fullback kind of player by using Michael Hoomanawanui almost exclusively as an H-Back.

New England Patriots helmet sits on the field before start of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

It looked like that was the plan, but the New England Patriots unexpectedly decided to cut Mulligan and then re-sign James Develin. Maybe they changed their minds that quickly, or maybe it was a reflection of Rob Gronkowski progressing more than they expected. Or maybe it was something else or simply nothing.

The Patriots also cut UDFA offensive lineman Braxston Cave, who is a center but can also play guard. His release came just four days after being signed to the team, and the Notre Dame product is back on the free agent market. With two releases and just one signing, the Patriots still have one spot left on the active roster.



Topics: Braxston Cave, James Develin, Matthew Mulligan, New England Patriots

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  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    Gronk must be looking good…..

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Yeah, that was the main thought running through my head, because that’s the most significant thing that would explain the Pats turning around and re-swapping Develin for Mulligan.

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