New England Patriots release Justin Green, Josh Kline, two others


The New England Patriots made some significant cuts today, and two of them were ones that I disagreed with (Justin Francis and Marcus Forston). Let’s take a look at four minor cuts that the New England Patriots have reportedly made, and there are some interesting notes on these four players.

New England Patriots offensive lineman Josh Kline (67) blocks guard Logan Mankins (70) during training camp at the practice fields of Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN Boston’s Field Yates reported that the Patriots cut ties with safety Kanorris Davis and linebacker Ja’Gared Davis, who was claimed off of waivers a few days ago from the Houston Texans. Neither was expected to make the 53-man roster at all, but both Davises could find themselves on the practice squad. I view Kanorris Davis as an interesting safety prospect who definitely deserves a shot to develop on the practice squad, and I would be shocked if he didn’t make the New England Patriots p-squad. As for Ja’Gared Davis, the Patriots claimed him from the Texans for a reason, so he is a pretty logical fit for the practice squad.

The Pats have also cut ties with two more UDFAs in former Illinois cornerback Justin Green and guard Josh Kline, according to a league source close to the Boston Globe’s Shalise Manza Young. Kline had a rough day against the New York Giants in the final preseason game, but that shouldn’t undermine a few promising performances earlier. Kline should make the practice squad, and I believe he has been significantly better than Matt Stankiewitch in this month of August.

As for Green, he is an interesting UDFA CB, and he should be considered a lock for the practice squad. While he has had plenty of downs with a rough day against the Giants being one of them (I distinctly remember him getting burned once), he has also shown some flashes and was easily the best of the UDFA CBs that the New England Patriots brought in (though that’s not saying much, since Stephon Morris was injured and Brandon Jones of Rutgers is the only other legitimate choice). Green has a spot on the practice squad penciled in, and Manza Young tweeted that the Patriots want both Kline and Green on the practice squad. My take? Good decision.

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