New England has just announced the release of eight players:
Veterans cut are LB Ricky Brown, OL Jonathan Compas and DL Darryl Richard.
First-year players are TE Carson Butler and WR Buddy Farnham.
And rookies cut are OL Mike Berry, RB Richard Medlin and OL Corey Woods.
Richard is the only player who was a Pats draft pick; he was the 234th overall pick in 2009 out of Georgia Tech. But Richard never played a game for New England; he spent all of his rookie season on practice squad and last year was placed on injured reserve during the preseason with a foot injury.