The New England Patriots made a few roster moves today, releasing running back Leon Washington, and promoting cornerback Justin Green from the practice squad (per Field Yates of ESPNBoston).
The release of Washington was something that seemed to be imminent, because he has only been active in two games this season. Washington was brought into to New England largely to elevate their kick return game, which is something that he excels in, as he has brought back eight kicks for touchdowns in his eight year career. But Washington could not get healthy all year long, and the Pats finally decided that they were no longer in need of his services.
In response to cutting Washington, the Patriots brought up an extra cornerback from the practice squad, in anticipation of a pass heavy matchup with the Denver Broncos. I don’t expect Justin Green to make any significant contributions, but having some extra depth at that position never hurts, especially when the entire New England secondary is dealing with some kind of injury.
As Mike Reiss points out in this tweet, the Patriots will probably be in their sub package for the majority of tomorrow’s game, making the importance of depth at the cornerback position even more important.