(John Wilcox/Boston Herald)
The New England Patriots have released two more players. Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells were released by the team today according to multiple reports. The move most likely indicates that the Patriots plan to keep rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld and Michael Hoomanawanui and activate Rob Gronkowski from the PUP list.
Ballard did not see the field for the Patriots in a regular-season contest. The team acquired him in the off-season last year and he needed a year to recuperate from an ACL tear that he suffered while playing for the New York Giants in the Super Bowl againstTom Brady and company.
Fells signed a three-year deal with the team last off-season. He played in 13 games in the 2012 campaign, recording four catches for 85 yards.
Sudfeld, an undrafted rookie out of Nevada has turned heads in the preseason with his length and catching ability. He caught three passes for 36 yards in the preseason finale against the Giants Thursday, but he also lost a fumble.
Hoomanawanui signed with the Patriots on September 5, 2012, and he made a minor impact for the team as the caught five passes for 109 yards in 14 games. Prior to joining New England, he spent two seasons with the St. Louis Rams.
It will be interesting to see who else is shown the door prior to and on Saturday, as NFL teams must reduce their rosters to a maximum of 53 players by the 31st.