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Patriots cut tight end Michael Williams

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The Patriots collect tight ends like few other teams, but they let one go this afternoon.

The team announced they had released blocker/spare lineman Michael Williams.

Williams spent last year on injured reserve after tearing his ACL last June, but they re-signed him in March.

The 6-foot-6, 304-pounder was originally a seventh-round pick of the Lions, and was acquired in a trade in 2015, and played a role for them. But the Patriots traded for Dwayne Allen and James O’Shaughnessy this offseason.

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12 Responses to “Patriots cut tight end Michael Williams”
  1. The Phantom Stranger says: May 12, 2017 4:44 PM

    Wait, I thought only wide receivers could be named Mike Williams?

  2. truetrue85 says: May 12, 2017 5:00 PM

    This actually really bums me out. I was really looking forward to having him back this year and healthy. The ability to fill in at tackle AND catch passes was a nice little trick to have up the sleeves.

  3. 6ball says: May 12, 2017 5:29 PM

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    I’m surprised that no one would give up even a conditional 7th in 2020 for a veteran TE who can also fill in at tackle.
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  4. maust1013 says: May 12, 2017 5:40 PM

    truetrue85 says:
    May 12, 2017 5:00 PM
    This actually really bums me out. I was really looking forward to having him back this year and healthy. The ability to fill in at tackle AND catch passes was a nice little trick to have up the sleeves.
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    By all accounts he worked hard but the kid had hands of stone and there are 6 other TE’s currently on the roster. Who’s roster spot would you want to see him him taking up?

  5. dawoger says: May 12, 2017 5:45 PM

    Hopefully he’ll get picked up by the Mike Williams league.

  6. redclaw1314 says: May 12, 2017 5:54 PM

    Williams has gone from #3 tight end a couple of years ago to #7—looks like Pats are focusing on upgrading the position.

  7. harrisonhits2 says: May 12, 2017 5:56 PM

    For once there are enough TEs even for Belichick.

  8. daburgher says: May 12, 2017 6:14 PM

    O Shack Hennessy! Is there an O Shack Hennessy?!

  9. RandyinRoxbury says: May 12, 2017 6:48 PM

    Just hoping Gronk makes it to at least early October, hey I can dream can’t I? 🙂

  10. streetyson says: May 12, 2017 7:18 PM

    6ball says:
    May 12, 2017 5:29 PM
    “…a veteran TE who can also fill in at tackle.”
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    It’s more the other way around really, a career tackle who also had some awareness/ball-handling skills so a smart Belichick dressed as a TE but it was primarily to bolster the line on certain plays/screens.

  11. jade429 says: May 12, 2017 7:24 PM

    I knew he was gone better to let him go now this way he my have a chance at getting picked up.

  12. bencoates57 says: May 12, 2017 9:17 PM

    Maybe he has a little Ross Ventrone in him.

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