Rookie defensive lineman Darryl Richard has been informed of his release today, according to a league source. Richard, one of the team's seventh-round draft choices, is a candidate to return on the practice squad if he clears waivers.
The Patriots are deep along the defensive line and Richard, who had the highest Wonderlic score of any New England draft choice, faced an uphill battle for a roster spot. He was lining up at end in the 3-4 alignment.
Teams don't have to finalize their moves until 6 p.m., so there is always the possibility of a late change.