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Patriots release TE Nate Byham

Nate Byham, Haruki Nakamura 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.

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17 Responses to “Patriots release TE Nate Byham”
  1. pats1944 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:47 PM

    Making room for Andre Johnson!

  2. vikesr4reel says: Jul 25, 2014 5:51 PM

    Must not have bought into the Pats cheating ways!!
    (Or he is too shakey holding a camera!!)
    Skol

  3. javierjiminy says: Jul 25, 2014 5:53 PM

    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.

  4. irishlad19 says: Jul 25, 2014 5:55 PM

    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.

  5. bighat8 says: Jul 25, 2014 6:12 PM

    Can Aaron be bonded out?

  6. j0esixpack says: Jul 25, 2014 6:22 PM

    That’s too bad. He averaged 1.9 catches per season. Hopefully everyone steps it up a notch to replace that production.

  7. 34defense2014 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:12 PM

    Hope the Jets pick him up! And he scores 3 Touchdowns on the Pat’s

  8. marima07 says: Jul 25, 2014 7:43 PM

    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.

  9. realmenwearstripes says: Jul 25, 2014 7:52 PM

    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.

  10. jchipwood says: Jul 25, 2014 8:31 PM

    Smart move Billicheck. Kind of makes you wonder why they signed him. Sounds like someone needs help making better signings.

  11. patsbrat says: Jul 25, 2014 11:20 PM

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. patshatersarelosers says: Jul 26, 2014 6:47 AM

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

  14. igotgamenj says: Jul 26, 2014 8:15 AM

    18-1

  15. bucsorbust says: Jul 26, 2014 8:55 AM

    The clock is ticking and Gronk is a huge questionmark. Looks like the saga with receivers bleeds into this year.

  16. TheWizard says: Jul 26, 2014 9:59 AM

    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.

  17. grogansheroes says: Jul 26, 2014 10:15 AM

    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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