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Patriots release Asa Watson and Justin Jones

Rookie Tight End Justin Jones hauls in a pass against rookie Cameron Gordon. (Photo By David Silverman)

Rookie Tight End Justin Jones hauls in a pass against rookie Cameron Gordon.
(Photo By David Silverman)

The Patriots released Asa Watson and Justin Jones, the two rookie tight ends people once thought might make an impact, but after an uneventful camp and a preseason game, the Patriots released them.

They also released RB Stephen Houston, the team announced today.

They did sign 3 more tight ends.

 Ben Hartsock, Steve Maneri and rookie free agent TE Terrence Miller. 

Hartsock is a veteran that played for the Panthers last season. The 6’4, 265 pounder, was originally drafted by the Colts in 2004, before signing with the Titans in 2006. He also had stints with the Falcons and the Jets. He played in 131 games with 49 starts and had 31 receptions for 312 yards and one touchdown.

Maneri is a 6’7, 280 pounder, who spent time on the Patriots practice squad in 2010, and went into training camp with the Pats in 2011. He spent a season with the Chiefs in 2011, and the Bears in 2013. He spent part of the 2014 off-season with the Buccaneers. He has caught 6 passes for 52 yards. The Texans signed him first as an undrafted rookie free agent before releasing him, allowing the Pats to snatch him up in 2010.

Miller, the rookie, was signed by the Jets out of Arizona, on May 11th. He’s more of the pass-catching tight end, during his college career, he caught  95 passes for 1,117 yards and three touchdowns.

 


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