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Patriots make a few cuts and sign two players

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  August 29, 2011 03:53 PM

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The Patriots made a flurry of transactions today in anticipation of tomorrow's 4 p.m. deadline to cut the roster from 90 to 80 players.

The list is highlighted by veteran safety James Sanders, who is in his seventh NFL season. Other players cut by the Patriots today include, kicker Chris Koepplin, tight end Garrett Mills, WR Darnell Jenkins, WR Tyree Barnes, cornerback Malcolm Williams, defensive lineman Kade Weston and offensive lineman Mark Wetterer, cornerback Jonathan Wilhite and long snapper Matt Katula

The Patriots also announced the signing of wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, who played with the Jacksonville Jaguars and is in his third NFL season. The Patriots also brought back safety Ross Ventrone.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said cutting Sanders was a "tough" decision.

"Tough release on James Sanders," Belichick said. "He's been a really good guy to have on this team."

Belichick added, "there aren't many negatives with James."

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