Patriots release TE Nate Byham

AP

Less than a week after signing tight end Nate Byham, the Patriots have let him go.

The club released Byham on Friday, five days after adding the ex-Buccaneers tight end to their roster.

The move leaves the Patriots with one open roster spot. They have five tight ends: Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui, Justin Jones, Asa Watson and D.J. Williams.

A fourth-year pro from Pittsburgh, Byham (6-4, 265) is a vested veteran, leaving him free to immediately sign elsewhere. He has played 29 NFL regular season games, catching 11 passes for 83 yards and a touchdowns. After beginning his career with San Francisco (2010-2011), Byham spent the last two seasons with Tampa Bay.

17 responses to “Patriots release TE Nate Byham

  1. I think this release may have to do with the development of the younger tight ends (Jones and Watson) or the fact that Develin is taking more reps at that position, and can be used as a blocking tight end on certain situations.

    Or we might sign a camp body to fill in for Greg Orton.

    I really hope its the development. I think Jones can be a beast with his physique.

  2. BB acts decisively, can’t wait until he beats up on the Vikings, whenever they play next, to rub it in to Vikes fans who love to criticize the Dark Lord.

  3. Hope the Jets pick him up! And that he is the same player he has been. Just like the last TE they picked up from the Pats, Zach Sudfeld.

  4. Smart move. If the Patriots go with a “no tight end” set, it will reduce the chances that players on their team will kill anyone or be out half the season with an injury.

  5. Hopefully it means Gronk is looking good to go and the Pats don’t need the contingency plan.

    …and hopefully the Pats did Byham a favor by letting him go early, leaving the fourth-year pro and vested veteran free to immediately sign elsewhere.

  6. Man, I really could care less for the pats (raider fan, tuck rule. Damn you refs) but I don’t know how after over a decade of Tom Brady, he’s only been given one elite WR in Randy moss. We all saw what they did together. Year in year out they load up on 2nd, 3rd and 4th round draft picks, the game plan BB has obviously works, I would at this stage in both BB, and Brady’s career, give up a first or a 2nd just for 1 elite WR !! It was honestly fun to watch Brady and moss destroy everybody when everyone knew what they going to do. Andre Johnson, Percy last season, desean Jackson, etc etc a lot of good wrs have been available to them and they continue to hope they can find a steal in the 6th round. Smh.

  7. The Vikings and their fans are the biggest losers in the NFL. No Super Bowl wins ever!

  8. Usually one or two like this every year. If Bill doesn’t think it’s going to work, he doesn’t hesitate to pull the plug.

    That’s lack of ego right there, fellas.

  9. aldavis4president says:
    Jul 26, 2014 2:32 AM
    Man, I really could care less for the pats (raider fan, tuck rule. Damn you refs) but I don’t know how after over a decade of Tom Brady, he’s only been given one elite WR in Randy moss. We all saw what they did together. Year in year out they load up on 2nd, 3rd and 4th round draft picks, the game plan BB has obviously works, I would at this stage in both BB, and Brady’s career, give up a first or a 2nd just for 1 elite WR !! It was honestly fun to watch Brady and moss destroy everybody when everyone knew what they going to do. Andre Johnson, Percy last season, desean Jackson, etc etc a lot of good wrs have been available to them and they continue to hope they can find a steal in the 6th round. Smh.

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    I agree with most of what you said. However the tuck rule was payback for the phantom “roughing the passer” call on Ray Hamilton in 1976. Raiders gifted a win, because it would have been the last play of the game, seeing as it was 4th and 19. At least with the tuck rule, the Raiders still had several chances to win that game. And in the snow bowl Vinateiri still had to make an unbelievable kick.

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