Patriots release five, including DB Malcolm Williams

4/29/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The New England Patriots announced the release of five players – defensive back Malcolm Williams, wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, fullback Tony Fiammetta, defensive lineman Tracy Robertson and tight end Brad Herman – all expected to be non-difference makers this offseason, on Monday.
Jeremy Ebert’s release was initially reported earlier today, and was an expected move by the New England Patriots after they drafted wide receivers Josh Boyce and Aaron Dobson over the weekend. The New England Patriots also added Michael Jenkins, Danny Amendola and Donald Jones in free agency. So, there neither appeared much room or need for the second-year pro Jeremy Ebert on the roster, especially while recently re-signed wide receiver Julian Edelman could offer similar services while possessing a more developed skillset than Ebert.
 As a seventh-round selection by the New England Patriots in the 2012 NFL Draft, Jeremy Ebert spent had stints on the team’s practice squad and active roster in his rookie season. However, Jeremy Ebert was released by the New England Patriots in the final roster cuts after training camp last season. Jeremy Ebert briefly joined the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad, only to sign back on the New England Patriots practice squad later in the 2012 season.
Malcolm Williams was another seventh-round selection by the New England Patriots. In the past two seasons with the New England Patriots, Malcolm Williams appeared in four regular season games as well as three playoffs contests, primarily contributing on the special teams. Although Malcolm Williams bounced between the New England Patriots’ active roster and practice squad a few times during his stint with the team, he ended the 2012 season on their 53-man roster. But Malcolm Williams became expendable for the New England Patriots after they drafted two defensive backs in the third round of this weekend’s draft.
Meanwhile, Tony Fiammetta was signed by the New England Patriots last offseason and came out strong during training camp. But Tony Fiammetta never took the field for the New England Patriots after spending last season on the exempt/reserve list due to apparent personal issue. He was only recently moved to the New England Patriots’ active roster. The former fourth-round pick Tony Fiammetta also made stops in Dallas and Carolina during his four-year NFL career.
Brad Herman also spent the 2012 season on the New England Patriots’ injured reserve after suffering an Achilles injury during offseason workout last year. He was originally signed by the New England Patriots as a free agent rookie. The New England Patriots are deep at the tight end position, featuring Rob Gronkowski, Jake Ballard, Aaron Hernandez, Michael Homanawanui and Daniel Fells. So at most, Brad Herman was expected to be nothing more than a camp body the New England Patriots this summer.
Tracy Robertson, who signed with the New England Patriots in January of this year, initially bounced around the league last season – which included a stint on the Patriots’ practice squad – after going unselected in the 2012 NFL draft. However, Tracy Robertson slid down the depth chart as the New England Patriots are already incredibly deep on the defensive line and added defensive ends Jamie Collins as well as Michael Buchanan through the NFL Draft this weekend.
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