Patriots Release Three Players

The New England Patriots wasted no time, making three cuts yesterday. Defensive back Derek Cox, defensive back Justin Green and linebacker DJ Lynch were the three players let go. Cox, who has started 56 of 63 professional games, was the biggest name among the three.

The NFL is a cruel business, as three former-Patriots found out yesterday. Derek Cox, Justin Green and D.J. Lynch are the three unfortunate players that are looking for a job today.

Cox, who of the three had the most starting experience and looked like a possibility to join the Patriots secondary, was the only real surprise. Many expected him to be cut, but most assumed he would at least make it to the second round of cuts. It was not to be and now Cox has time to catch on with another team considering it is very early in camp. Cox is a five-year veteran who's started 56 of the 63 games he's played in. He was a third round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009.

Green, 24, joined the Patriots in 2013 when he signed as a rookie free agent. Green bounced between the practice squad, 53-man roster, and then he was traded to Dallas. Dallas released him at the end of training camp and the Patriots added him to him practice squad again. New England clearly likes him and it appears they were doing him a favor by releasing him early. Players appreciate it because it gives them a legitimate shot to catch on with another team.

*Update*-Justin Green announced via Facebook that he's retiring from the NFL. Green played for Illinois from 2009 to 2012 and played two seasons (2013-2014) in the NFL.

Lynch is a rookie free agent out of Bowling Green. He was a bit of an unknown, but he was All-MAC as a junior. He finished his college career with 230 tackles in 26 starts.

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