Patriots release six, 13 still need to go


Patriots release six, 13 still need to go

By Tom E. Curran 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.

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Trump wishes Kraft good luck, says Brady called to congratulate him

Trump wishes Kraft good luck, says Brady called to congratulate him

President-elect Donald Trump made sure to thank a few of his supporters from New England -- particularly those at 1 Patriot Place -- during a speech on the eve of his inauguration to the nation's highest office. 

Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady all earned shout-outs from Trump. Kraft was one of many Trump donors present for a dinner at Washington, DC's Union Station, where he was singled out by the soon-to-be-president. 

"In the audience we have somebody that's under no pressure whatsoever because he's got a great quarterback named Tom Brady and a great coach named Belichick: Bob Kraft," Trump said. "Good luck, Bob.

"Your friend Tom Brady just called. He feels good. He called to congratulate us. He feels good. Good luck. You're going to do great."

Trump gave one extra nod to Belichick, who he says taught him to out-work his competition. 

"I out-worked everybody," Trump said. "I think I out-worked anyone who ever ran for office. I learned that from Belichick."

Patriots sign TE Rob Housler to future contract

Patriots sign TE Rob Housler to future contract

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have signed free-agent tight end Rob Housler to a future contract. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound target last played for the Bears but was released at the end of training camp.

Housler won't be eligible to participate with the Patriots during the postseason, but he will be available for the offseason program and training camp leading up to the 2017 campaign. 

Housler taken in the third round by the Cardinals with the 69th overall selection in 2011. In 65 career games, he has 109 catches for 1,166 yards and one touchdown. 

The Patriots may have been intrigued by Housler's skill set last summer when he caught one pass for 52 yards -- making two Patriots defenders miss in the process -- during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots and Bears held joint training camp practices in August that would have given Patriots coaches and scouts a closer look at everything Housler has to offer as a player. 

Housler was one of the better athletes at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2011, running a 4.55-second 40-yard dash (fastest among tight ends), posting a 6.9-second three-cone drill, and recording a 37-inch vertical leap.

Bill Belichick and his staff hit big on a future-contract signing two years ago when a running back with a significant injury history was available to scoop up at the behest of then-assistant to the coaching staff Michael Lombardi. Since then, the Patriots still have never lost with Dion Lewis in uniform.