Patriots Release Rookie Cornerback Eric Patterson, Opening Roster Spot

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots’ game of roster musical chairs continued Tuesday afternoon.

The Patriots released rookie cornerback Eric Patterson one day after signing veteran Derek Cox, the team announced. Patterson originally was signed May 8 as an undrafted free agent out of Ball State. The 5-foot-10, 193-pound defensive back participated in both organized team activities open to the media.

The Patriots now have 89 players on their 90-man roster, leaving one spot open. Patterson’s release leaves the Patriots with nine cornerbacks: Cox, Malcolm Butler, Bradley Fletcher, Justin Green, Jimmy Jean, Robert McClain, Darryl Roberts, Logan Ryan and Daxton Swanson.

Patterson was one of just seven undrafted free agents signed by the Patriots this spring.

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