For the second time in about a month, the Patriots have released cornerback Cyrus Jones.
The former second round pick was cut in September, but returned to the Patriots to provide some help on punt returns with Julian Edelman serving a four-game suspension. With Edelman back in the fold, the team expects him to field most punts moving forward.
By releasing Jones, the Patriots open a roster spot. After the Saints released Mike Gillislee on the same day, it's possible the ex-Patriot running back makes a return to New England.
Gillislee played in nine games for the Patriots last season, providing some punch down by the goal line in scoring five touchdowns on 383 yards.
The Patriots are a bit thin in the backfield with Rex Burkhead placed on injury reserve, so bringing back Gillislee would make sense to have someone who knows the offense.
If Cyrus Jones clears waivers, the Patriots reportedly plan on keeping him on the practice squad.