Patriots release six, 13 still need to go

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Patriots release six, 13 still need to go

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran Eric Moore's feel-good story appears to be over, at least here in New England. The Patriots have released Moore, a six-year veteran who was signed by the team last December after his Florida Tuskers of the UFL won their league title. Moore provided some of the best pressure the Patriots received from any front-seven player over the season's final few weeks. He had two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery to go along with 13 tackles. But the bolstered defensive line this preseason spelled doom for Moore. Andre Carter, Shaun Ellis and Mark Anderson have been added and Mike Wright is back from injury. Moore, 32, got squeezed out in the numbers game. Here are shorties on the other guys informed of their release so far. The Patriots likely harbor hopes of re-signing some of these players to their practice squad. Tiquan Underwood
The wide receiver with the high fade is out after just a few days with the club. He had four catches in the preseason finale but he drew a formation penalty on a punt that wiped out a muffed punt returned for a touchdown by Gary Guyton. Probably didn't kill his chances; certainly didn't help. Landon Cohen
The 6-3, 300-pounder also signed in December of last year. He's 25 and has no practice squad eligibility. He certainly appears to be able to help another team. Alex Silverstro
First-year defensive lineman signed as rookie free agent from Rutgers. Didn't play much. Has practice squad eligibility. Markell Carter
A defensive end taken in the sixth round out of Scottie Pippen's alma mater.... right, Central Arkansas.... very good. Has practice squad possibilities. Aaron Lavarias
A pass-rushing defensive lineman who came out of Idaho as a rookie free agent. He could be back as well.

Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: What's going on between Patriots, Butler?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: What's going on between Patriots, Butler?

0:41 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith discuss what’s going on between the Patriots and Malcolm Butler after Bill Belichick praised Jonathan Jones and Eric Rowe but didn’t have much to say on Butler.

5:39 - John Farrell thinks David Price out of the bullpen can be similar to Andrew Miller with the Indians last year in the playoffs. Our panel on BST break it down.

10:35 - Curran, Holley, Smith, and Phil Perry talk about the NFL ratings being down and why that continues to be.

15:15 - Evan Drellich joins BST after the Red Sox win to explain why Drew Pomeranz could be even more threatening, how good the bullpen actually is, and the offense not driving in runs.

Dorsett (knee) hoping to be able to practice this week

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Dorsett (knee) hoping to be able to practice this week

FOXBORO -- The picture at wide receiver wasn't pretty for the Patriots by the time the clock hit zeros in the fourth quarter in New Orleans over the weekend. 

Chris Hogan looked hobbled for much of the second half. Phillip Dorsett left with a knee injury. Danny Amendola was ruled out well in advance of kickoff with a concussion and a knee injury. Matthew Slater was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. Brandin Cooks looked like the only Patriots wideout to finish the game feeling spry.

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But as the team prepares for the Texans this week, Dorsett is hoping he'll be back on the field with his teammates for practice. 

"I feel good," Dorsett said in the Patriots locker room Monday. "Just a little sore, but I'm alright."

Not only would it help the Patriots offense to have another body available at receiver, but Dorsett understands how crucial it is for him to practice as much as possible. He was acquired in a trade with the Colts just before the season, and he knows he has work to do to get adjusted to his new offense.

"It's just me going out there and getting the plays in practice," Dorsett said when asked about his confidence level in running New England's system. "I feel like practice builds my confidence. If I get to play in practice, I feel more comfortable when it comes to the game."

Dorsett looked comfortable in Week 2, catching three passes for 68 yards. His first grab in the first quarter went for 23 yards and came on a play when Tom Brady, who was hit as he released, threw a floater down the right sideline. Dorsett alertly saw the pass falling short and worked back toward the line of scrimmage to make the catch. 

"I think he trusts me," Dorsett said of Brady. "We work a lot during practice and after practice. Hopefully we can continue to gain more trust as the season goes on. It's only the second game. We got a long way to go."

More practice time would be helpful in allowing that relationship to continue to grow. We'll see if Dorsett gets any when the Patriots take the fields behind Gillette Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

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