Patriots

Patriots

FOXBORO -- The Patriots rolled the dice on releasing Kamu Grugier-Hill, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Darryl Roberts and came up empty.

The four players were all claimed on waivers Sunday – the Eagles got Gurgier-Hill, the Bears scooped LeBlanc, and the Jets grabbed Roberts. On the positive side, the players not being claimed means that I’ll have fewer hyphens and apostrophes to type.

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The downside? The Patriots seemingly planned on all those players being back on the practice squad as the team kept their lockers intact. Other released players with intact lockers included Woodrow Hamilton, Tyler Gaffney, Chris Barker, Devin Lucien, Geneo Grissom and Rufus Johnson.

The practice squad will be announced later Sunday.

Grugier-Hill was a hybrid linebacker/safety who consistently made flash plays during camp. He was the most likely loss when he was released. LeBlanc, while undersized relative to the direction corner prototypes are headed, showed excellent ball skills. He had a freakish pro day after coming out of Eastern Illinois and was drafted in the sixth round. Roberts was a seventh-rounder from Marshall in 2015.