Aug 28, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks on against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants defeated the Patriots 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Roster Updates: Three Released, A Few Changes Made To Practice Squad

As the New England Patriots get ready to start the 2014 regular season on Sunday, they continue to make roster moves to try and finalize an initial 53-man roster.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the Patriots have released defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles, Bruce Gaston, and long-snapper Charley Hughlett (from the practice squad).

Three days after claiming rookie defensive tackles Kelcy Quarles (Giants) and Bruce Gaston (Cardinals) on waivers, the New England Patriots waived both players off their 53-man roster on Wednesday.

Also, the team waived long snapper Charley Hughlett from their practice squad and is strongly considering re-signing four-year veteran Danny Aiken — who worked out for the Broncos on Tuesday — to once again be their long snapper.

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, even though all three of these players were recently signed to the team. Bill Belichick loves to make a number of moves throughout the season, in an attempt to build the “perfect” roster. These moves leave the Patriots with two open roster spots on the 53-man roster, which many believe will be filled by long-snapper Danny Aiken, and possibly linebacker Chris White.

The Pats also made a few moves on the practice squad, signing offensive lineman Chris Barker, tight end Allen Reisner, and running back Marcus Thigpen (formerly of the Dolphins).

New England’s practice squad is always a fluid unit, so I would expect them to make more moves in this area before the season officially begins. I wouldn’t advise getting emotionally attached to any of the players they sign to the practice squad.

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