Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Release TE Kyle Auffray, Leaves Open Roster Spot

Yesterday it was announced that the New England Patriots had released former New Hampshire tight end Kyle Auffray. This now leaves the Patriots roster at 89 players, which leaves room for one more player.

From Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston:

The Patriots have waived first-year tight end Kyle Auffray, the former University of New Hampshire product who was attempting to beat long odds to earn a roster spot. The 27-year-old Auffray signed with the Patriots seven days ago, and took part in voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) last week.

As Reiss said, the chances of Auffray making the final roster weren’t very high, so this move shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.

Now the question becomes, who will fill that last roster spot? Obviously you never know what Bill Belichick will do, but I think there is a good chance that he will look to sign a defensive tackle in the near future. Free agent Kevin Williams decided to go to Seattle, and while that doesn’t really leave the Pats thin at that position, it definitely leaves them weaker, as all of their current guys in the middle are coming off of big injuries.

We will keep an eye on this situation as it unfolds over the next couple of days.

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