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Patriots release Rich Ohrnberger, Eric Alexander, seven others

According to numerous sources including ESPN Boston.com and the Boston Herald, the New England Patriots have informed offensive linemen Rich Ohrnberger, Thomas Welch, and Ted Larsen, inside linebacker Eric Alexander, running back Thomas Clayton, defensive back Ross Ventrone, cornerback DeAngelo Willingham, and wide receivers Darnell Jenkins and Rod Owens that they will be released/waived by today’s final roster deadline.

Ohrnberger started at right guard in the preseason finale in what looked to be a final audition for a roster spot. Head coach Bill Belichick said Ohrnberger did a “good solid job” against top competition, but it wasn’t enough for him to stick on the roster.

The Patriots had made an aggressive move to draft Ohrnberger in the fourth round last year. They traded cornerback Ellis Hobbs for two fifth-round picks, and then flipped the fifth-round picks to move into the fourth round to select Ohrnberger.

Both Welch and Larsen are project reserve offensive linemen who are likely practice squad candidates if they clear waviers.

Alexander, a former undrafted free agent from LSU has been on the team for seven seasons, played some inside linebacker, but mostly was a stud special teamer. He could be brought back at some point this season.

Clayton, who faced longshot odds on a stacked running back depth chart, has practice squad eligibility.

Ventrone, an undrafted free agent from Villanova is hoping to stick around on the practice squad as a reserve defensive back.

Willingham, a former Tennessee star will likely be back as a practice squad player this season.

Both Owens and Jenkins had strong performances in the Patriots final preseason game against the Giants, but it wasn’t enough to stick at a crowded wide receiver position. Both receivers are practice squad eligible.

The Patriots still have a number of moves to make before the final cut deadline. Stay tuned for the latest news.


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