Pats release Warren in flurry of moves

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Pats release Warren in flurry of moves

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti

New England's release of Nick Kaczur, Alge Crumpler and Ty Warren headline a number of Friday afternoon moves.

The team also announced the official signing of third round draftee quarterback Ryan Mallett. Offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, a fifth round draft pick out of Texas Christian, also signed. Terms of neither contract were announced.

Kaczur, a tackle drafted in 2005's third round, spent six seasons with New England. He started 62 of 68 regular season and seven playoff games. A training camp injury landed him on IR for most of last season.

Crumpler is a four-time NFL Pro Bowler, picked up by the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 24, 2010. He started 10 of 16 regular season games and had six catches for 52 yards and two touchdowns.

Warren was drafted 13th overall by New England in 2003. The Texas A&M product started 92 of 105 games in his eight years with the Patriots. In that time he recorded 496 tackles, 20.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. A hip injury relegated Warren to IR for the entire 2010 season.

The Patriots also released cornerback Tony Carter, Marcus Stroud and rookie free agent linebacker Ryan Coulson of Nevada.

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Patriots undrafted free agent signing Josh Augusta cut out pizza and lost a lot of weight

Patriots undrafted free agent signing Josh Augusta cut out pizza and lost a lot of weight

FOXBORO -- There are a lot of things in Josh Augusta’s past in football that makes him an intriguing player as the undrafted defensive tackle enters his pro career. Among them: a high-school career as a 320-pound receiver and fullback reps in college. 

Also in his past: About 50 pounds. 

That’s how much weight the Missouri product says he has lost since the end of last season, when he began slimming down from 390 pounds to where he is now with the Patriots. 

How did he do it? Cutting out pizza, for one. 

“I cut out all the fast food, late-night eating, cut out all that,” Augusta said Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. 

There were ample reasons to lose the weight. He’s had asthma all his life and has also dealt with sleep apnea and a thyroid condition in recent years. He wanted to be able to not only move better, but breathe better. 

Now in the 340s as he nears what he previously set as a 335-pound target weight, Augusta’s body is getting closer to what it was when he arrived at Missouri. 

“I feel faster. My breathing’s getting better, just because I lost the weight,” he said. “Just stay on track and hopefully everything still goes right.”

For Augusta, everything going right would entail him enjoying a long NFL career. For all the potential versatility with Augusta -- he says he could still see himself playing some fullback for the Pats if they wanted -- there was little surprise when he went undrafted given that he was not a consistent starter throughout his college career, which he finished as a second-stringer. There were also questions of his stamina, which he feels the weight loss has helped.

Yet the Patriots have done plenty with works in progress, particularly ones who can be used in multiple spots. As he looks to shape his professional career, Augusta thinks New England is the best-case scenario. 

“I feel great here,” he said. “I know I know I’m in good hands, just because of the history they have.” 
 

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