The Patriots got a head start on their roster cut downs by releasing four players on Thursday, with the most notable being the release/waiving of tight end Jake Bequette.
The team waived Bequette with an injury designation, meaning if he clears waivers today he'll head to injured reserve. A 2012 third-round pick out of Arkansas, Bequette has gone through more than his fair share of frustrations through his tenure in New England. The former Razorback has appeared in just eight games for the Patriots, starting none and recording no stats of any kind. His struggles on the defensive line saw the team try him out at tight end, where he worked through the near entirety of this offseason.
According to Miguel of PatsCap, if Bequette goes unclaimed, he'll become a restricted free agent next year, keeping him under New England's control.
The team also released veteran DTackle Antonio Johnson, offensive tackle Mark Asper and linebacker Cameron Gordon. The roster now sits at 84 players, while teams have to be down to 75 by September 1.
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