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New England Patriots Roster Cuts 2011: Pats Release Tight Ends Lee Smith And Will Yeatman

After Brandon Meriweather, Brandon Tate and Sammy Morris were sent packing earlier today, the Patriots announced a couple of late roster cuts, a pair of tight ends.

According to ESPN Boston, the Patriots have decided to part ways with rookie Tight Ends Lee Smith and Will Yeatman. Both are eligible for a possible return to the team’s practice squad.

The release of Smith comes to really no surprise, as he progressively lost more and more playing time. The fifth-round pick out of Marshall started out camp very strong, getting a lot of playing time behind Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Smith then fell lower in the team’s depth chart.

Yeatman, whom Smith lost playing time to, was though to be a sure bet to make the team. The undrafted rookie out of Maryland however didn’t apparently convince Bill Belichick enough to allow a third tight end on the roster. Like Smith, Yeatman could rejoin the Patriots practice squad if he clears waivers.

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