The Patriots announced their roster moves Monday afternoon, and they cleared out some of the veteran receivers to make room for a younger one.
Releasing Gaffney clears out a veteran who might have otherwise taken away receptions from their well-paid cast of tight ends. But he can still play and probably won’t be out of work long.
Defensive back Will Allen, safety Josh Barrett and fullback Spencer Larsen were placed on injured reserve, and tight end Jake Ballard and defensive lineman Myron Pryor were placed on the reserve-PUP. Rookie offensive lineman Markus Zusevics was placed on the reserve-Non Football Injury list.
The Patriots also claimed first-year WR Kerry Taylor off waivers from the Vikings. He was on their practice squad last year.