September 22, 2012; Iowa City, IA, USA; Central Michigan Chippewas quarterback Ryan Radcliff (8) stumbles while running the ball as Iowa Hawkeyes linebacker James Morris (44) defends in the second half at Kinnick Stadium. Central Michigan won the game 32-31. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Release LB James Morris


According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the New England Patriots have released rookie linebacker James Morris, an undrafted free agent out of Iowa.

Undrafted rookie linebacker James Morris, who was signed by the New England Patriots on Friday, has been released by the club Tuesday.

The Patriots’ roster now has 88 players, two shy of the NFL’s 90-man limit.

As Reiss notes, the Pats still have two open roster spots, which can be filled at any time. There are a lot of different directions that the Patriots could go, although I think adding depth to the offensive and defensive line is always something that can be counted on from a Bill Belichick-led team.

However Morris was a linebacker, which is an area that is a weak one (depth wise) for New England. I don’t think anyone really knew if Morris would make the roster or not, but having another body to compete with the starters is always a good idea. So signing another linebacker could be another option for Belichick and company.

According to Reiss, the reason for Morris’ release, was a “failed physical”.

Morris totaled 400 tackles in his career with Iowa.

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