Patriots waive offensive lineman R.J. Mattes


The Patriots made a roster move Wednesday, waiving offensive lineman R.J. Mattes, who has had multiple stints with the club in the last year, including a practice squad role late in the 2013 campaign.

The release of Mattes wasn’t followed by a corresponding signing, leaving the Patriots with one open roster spot. Per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Pats reportedly hosted ex-Browns linebacker Quentin Groves on a free agent visit Wednesday, but Groves is slated to meet with Washington on Thursday.

The Patriots have worked out veteran free agents on multiple occasions this offseason, with cornerback Terrell Thomas and running back Brian Leonard among the other players who have reportedly visited. They have also shown a willingness to release and re-sign players multiple times, with Mattes and former Pats cornerback Marquice Cole among the players who jump to mind.