Roster Moves

<p>Fullback Fred McCrary, Tight End Andy Mignery and Wide Receiver JJ Stokes were released by the team this week.</p> <p>These roster moves are just the beginning of expected camp cuts as the team begins preparation for getting under the 65 player limit on Tuesday.</p>

McCrary started three games for New England in 2003 before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He appeared in both preseason games this year, and went 2 for 15 yards rushing and 1 for 4 yards receiving. McCrary's release coincides with the emergence of Dan Klecko as a potential FB backup.

The New England Patriots waived rookie tight end Andy Mignery. Mignery, was signed by the team as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2004. His release became imminent after the Patriots were able to come to terms with 1st round draft choice, Ben Watson TE from Georgia.

Mignery's release, leaves just 3 healthy TE's on the roster, Ben Watson, Christian Fauria and Daniel Graham. Zeron Flemeister, who was the other TE was placed on injured reserve after suffering a season ending leg injury during camp.

The defending Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, have released wide receiver JJ Stokes on Thursday. Stokes was originally signed by the Patriots on Nov. 18, 2003 and was re-signed by New England as an unrestricted free agent on March 3, 2004. His performance during camp has been reported as one of a big receiver with good hands who could provide versatility in the red zone.

Other observations indicate that rookie receiver Chas Gessner, who continues to work with the QBs after practice, will be the one to take the roster spot that Stokes could have occupied.

The team's roster now stands at 79 players, including those carrying NFL Europe roster exemptions.

Here's the important dates for Roster Cuts:

August 31: Roster cut to maximum of 65 players.

September 5: Roster cut to maximum of 53 players.

September 9-13: Opening weekend of 2004 season.

October 19: Trading deadline.

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