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Patriots release Boyce, Vellano, three others

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Patriots release Boyce, Vellano, three others

FOXBORO -- The Patriots released five players on Monday to get a little closer to the 75-player roster limit that will be required of all teams by Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Most notably, the team let go of third-year receiver Josh Boyce, who was a fourth-round pick in 2013 out of Texas Christian University. New England also released receiver Jonathan Krause, defensive lineman Joe Vellano, linebacker Dekoda Watson and undrafted rookie tight end Jimmay Mundine. 

The 5-foot-11 Boyce played in nine games and made three starts as a rookie in 2013, catching nine passes for 121 yards. He also returned nine kicks for 214 yards that season. In his second season, Boyce was released at the end of training camp and was eventually signed to the practice squad, spending most of the year there. He joined the 53-man roster on Dec. 27 and played in the regular-season finale against Buffalo but did not see any time in the postseason.

Vellano was an undrafted rookie in 2013 who played in all 16 regular-season games for the team and made eight starts after veteran defensive linemen Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly went down with season-ending injuries. Vellano spent much of the 2014 season on the practice squad but played in five regular-season games and saw time against the Colts in the AFC Championship Game. 

Both Boyce and Krause were waived with an injury designation, meaning that if they clear waivers, they will land on the Patriots injured reserve list. The team will then have five days to come to an injury settlement with those players, which would make them free agents. If no settlement is reached, they will remain on season-ending injured reserve. 

NFL Rumors: Patriots in consideration to host 2022 NFL Draft in Boston

NFL Rumors: Patriots in consideration to host 2022 NFL Draft in Boston

Could the NFL's biggest spectacle outside the Super Bowl be coming to the City of Champions?

The league is considering Boston as one of its potential host cities for the 2022 NFL Draft, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday night. 

"My understanding is what the NFL wants to do is go a little city, big city, and kind of alternate,” Rapoport said. “Obviously Nashville (in 2019) and then Vegas next, they’re basically saving a spot for a bigger city.

"And some of the ones that have been mentioned to me: Boston, potentially, with the Patriots hosting, that would be one. Washington, D.C., with the Redskins. Maybe Houston with the Texans, although usually these are reserved for teams that do not host Super Bowls. But figure that (2022) spot is saved for one of the bigger NFL cities."

The NFL has venues set for the 2020 (Las Vegas), 2021 (Cleveland) and 2023 (Kansas City) drafts, but according to Rapoport is eyeing a bigger NFL market for the 2022 draft. Boston would fit that mold, as the defending champion Patriots are one of the league's most visible teams.

Where in Boston the draft would take place is a different question, as the event has shifted to open-air venues in recent years after being held indoors at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

TD Garden is an obvious indoor candidate, while City Hall Plaza, the site of several Patriots Super Bowl send-off parties and championship rallies, could be an outdoor possibility. The Boston Common is one of the largest public gathering spaces in the city and might be considered an option.

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Duron Harmon dresses as Jon Snow of 'Game of Thrones' in hilarious Instagram post

Duron Harmon dresses as Jon Snow of 'Game of Thrones' in hilarious Instagram post

Duron Harmon is a massive "Game of Thrones" fan, but what did the Patriots safety think of the series finale?

The answer to that question will have to wait until Harmon's recap this Sunday, which he previewed with a hilarious Instagram post showing him dressed as one of the show's main characters, Jon Snow.

See for yourself below:

That's dedication.

Prior to last week's series finale, Harmon gave his prediction on how the show would end. Since his prediction didn't come true, it'll be interesting to see what he thought of the series' polarizing ending.

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