By Pat O'Rourke
ThePatriots made some roster moves Wednesday, releasing Perez Ashford, Lavelle Hawkins, and Nick McDonald.
McDonald, an offensive lineman and the most notable of the trio, spent the last two seasons with the Pats after spending his rookie season with the Green Bay Packers in 2010. The 26-year old saw substantial playing time at guard in 2012, playing twelve games and starting one.
Hawkins was let go after being signed by the Patriots in May. He spent the first five seasons of his career in Tennessee after being drafted by the Titans in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. In 52 career games, he has 71 catches for 771 yards and one touchdown. His best season came in 2011, when he played in all 16 games for Tennessee, catching 47 passes for 470 yards, scoring his first and only career touchdown in a Week 8 loss to Cincinnati in Nashville.
Ashford spent less than two weeks in Foxboro, having been signed July 19. He was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois before being cut on May 30. Ashford caught 110 passes for 1,192 yards and four touchdowns in his four years with the Huskies.