Patriots cut WRs Stallworth, Gaffney

Posted Aug. 27, 2012 @ 6:50 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 6:25 p.m. ET, Monday, Aug. 27

The Patriots made a series of roster moves Monday to reach the NFL roster limit of 75 players, including the release of several notable veterans.

The team released DL Tim Bulman, WR Jabar Gaffney WR Donte’ Stallworth, DB Ross Ventrone and DL Gerard Warren.

In addition, New England placed DB Will Allen, S Josh Barrett and FB Spencer Larsen on injured reserve.

TE Jake Ballard and DL Myron Pryor were placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list and rookie OL Markus Zusevics was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.

The team also announced that it has claimed first-year WR Kerry Taylor off waivers from the Vikings. Taylor, a 6-0, 196-pound Arizona State product spent time on the practice squads of the 49ers and Vikings last season. He was cut by Minnesota on Aug. 25.

The way we see it

The Stallworth cut does not come as a huge surprise. He was buried on the depth chart at wide receiver and the addition of Jeff Demps devalued Stallworth as a kickoff returner. Gaffney's release came as a bit of a surprise, as he seemed to fit as a solid No. 3 receiver who has a rapport with Tom Brady from his last stop in Foxborough, but an injury clearly didn't help Gaffney's cause, and both cuts also say a lot about Deion Branch's role with the team.

This shouldn't concern Patriots fans too much — the team fared just fine using Branch, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez the past two seasons, and now they have added Brandon Lloyd to the mix.

The move of Larsen to I.R. could open up a roster spot for Eric Kettani, who has played fullback in the preseason, or undrafted rookie Brandon Bolden, who is a bigger back that has played on special teams.