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WR Gonzalez released; rookie TE Melillo signed

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  May 29, 2012 02:30 PM

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The Patriots have announced a few roster moves, two of which we knew about and two we didn't:

The most surprising move is that WR Anthony Gonzalez has been cut. The first-round draft pick in 2007 of the Colts had some injury problems the last couple of years with Indianapolis, but shortly after he was signed by the Patriots, he declared himself to be healthy and excited for the opportunity with New England.

Gonzalez seemed like a good risk/reward type of player who could add to the Pats' depth as a slot receiver. However, he was not spotted on field last Thursday when reporters were present for OTAs.

The team also announced the signing of rookie TE Nick Melillo. Melillo, 23, went to Kentucky. The 6-foot-2, 226 pounder played in 32 games over three seasons, with 23 receptions for 240 yards and one touchdown.

The signings of seventh-round pick Alfonzo Dennard and veteran OL Jamey Richard also were made official.

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