One of the most surprising performers during Patriots training camp has been released by the team.
Cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc was made one of the team's final cuts on Saturday, according to a source. The Patriots could bring LeBlanc back as a member of the practice squad if he were to clear waivers. Indications are that LeBlanc would welcome a role on New England's 10-man practice squad.
An undrafted rookie out of Florida Atlantic, LeBlanc made one of the most impressive plays of the preseason when he pulled down a one-handed interception in the preseason opener against the Saints at Gillette Stadium. He displayed an ability to play the football throughout training camp that might have made him an intriguing add to the 53-man roster -- he was included in our final 53-man projection -- but the Patriots opted to part ways.
LeBlanc missed Patriots practice on Tuesday and then was unable to play in the preseason finale due to injury. Still, he saw 138 snaps in three preseason games. Only five other Patriots players saw more work defensively over the course of the entire four-game schedule: Geneo Grissom, Jordan Richards, Darryl Roberts, Cyrus Jones and Rufus Johnson.
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald was the first to report the news of LeBlanc's release.