Patriots Cut Five from Roster

Patriots news release…

PATRIOTS MAKE A SERIES OF ROSTER MOVES 

 

   
FOXBOROUGH,
Mass. – The New England Patriots made a series of roster moves in
anticipation of tomorrow's mandatory NFL cut-down to a 75-man roster.

  
The Patriots announced that they have re-signed rookies CB Stephon
Morris and DL Scott Vallone. Morris was originally signed by the
Patriots
on May 3, 2013, and released on Aug, 1, 2013. Vallone was originally
signed by the Patriots on Aug. 1, 2013 and released on Aug. 19, 2013.

  
Additionally, the Patriots released first-year WR Kamar Aiken, rookie
CB Brandon Jones, nine-year veteran LB Niko Koutouvides, second-year
CB LeQuan Lewis and rookie LS Mike Zupancic.

  
The Patriots also placed rookie DL Cory Grissom and second-year T
Markus Zusevics on injured reserve, and placed first-year DL Armond
Armstead
and rookie WR Mark Harrison on the reserve/non-football injury list.

  
Morris, 22, played in 49 games with 24 starts during his college
career at Penn State. The 5-foot-8, 190-pounder, finished with 148
tackles, one interception and 13 passes defensed.

   Vallone,
23, was a four-year starter at defensive tackle for Rutgers. The
6-foot-3, 275-pounder,
appeared in two games as a true freshman in 2008 before undergoing
season-ending surgery and was redshirted. During his four-years as a
starter, Vallone recorded 195 total tackles and 8½ sacks.

   Aiken,
24, originally joined the New England practice squad on Nov. 19, 2012.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder,
spent some time on the 53-man roster last year, playing in one game at
Jacksonville on Dec. 23. He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free
agent with Buffalo out of Central Florida in 2011 and began his rookie
season on the Buffalo practice squad before
being signed to the 53-man roster in November. Aiken was released by
Buffalo after training camp last summer and spent time on the practice
squads of both Buffalo and Chicago before joining the New England
practice squad.

   Jones,
23, played in 13 games with 12 starts as a senior, posting 31 tackles,
nine passes defensed and a team-leading five interceptions. The 6-1,
187-pounder was also a standout
special teams player during his time at Rutgers.

 
Koutouvides, 32, is a veteran of nine NFL seasons, including two
(2011-2012) with New England. He played in each of the final 14 games of
the Patriots' 2012 season and both postseason games. The 6-foot-2,
245-pounder registered eight special teams tackles
and one tackle on defense in the regular season and one special teams
tackle in the postseason. Koutouvides originally signed with New England
on Aug. 14, 2011, but was released when the team trimmed the roster to
53 prior to the start of the season. He returned
to the team at midseason and played in 11 games and all three
postseason games.

   Koutouvides was originally drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round (116th
overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft out of Purdue. He played
four seasons with the Seahawks before signing with the Denver Broncos
as an unrestricted free agent on March 3, 2008. He was released by the
Broncos after the 2008 season and signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a
few weeks later, where he spent the next two
seasons. In nine NFL seasons, Koutouvides has played in 125 games with
three starts and has 63 total tackles and 118 special teams tackles.

 Lewis,
24, was signed by New England on Aug. 12, 2013. He played in
8 NFL games in 2012 with three games with the Dallas Cowboys and five
games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder,
originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Tennessee out of
Arizona State in 2011. Lewis was released by Tennessee
following training camp and spent the season out of football. He spent
part of the 2012 offseason with Oakland before being signed by the New
York Jets in August. Lewis spent time on the Jets practice squad before
being signed to the Dallas 53-man roster,
where he played in

 

three
games, registering one tackle. After being released by Dallas, Lewis
rotated between the Tampa Bay practice squad and 53-man roster,
playing in five games and registering three tackles and one
interception. Lewis was signed by Chicago in February of 2013 and was
released on May 13, 2013.

   Zupancic,
23, originally joined New England as a rookie free agent out of
Eastern Michigan on May 3, 2013 and was released on August 2, 2013
before being re-signed on Aug. 5. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder, earned
three letters as the team's long snapper.