The Patriots announced their first round of roster cuts prior to the start of free agency, those cuts included four players:
Earthwind Moreland (DB) - Part-time starter, signed by the team when the Patriots suffered a rash of injuries, including key players like Ty Law and Tyrone Poole. Moreland started two games, but was a concern in pass coverage.
Moreland was pressed into service right away, and provided an extra body in the injury decimated secondary throughout the season.
Buck Rasmussen (DL)- Practice squad player who was never activated for a game in 2004. Spent time with the team in training camp in 2003 and 2004. Was on the practice squad for the 2004 season.
Wilbert Brown (OG) - Claimed off waivers in 2003, never reported to camp. Brown was placed on the reserve/did not report list at the beginning of camp.
Zeron Flemister (TE) - Played for the Washington Redskins for four years, and was signed as a free agent. He was hurt prior to the start of the season, never saw action.
The Patriots also announced the signing of two coaches to the staff. Joel Collier was assigned to the position of assistant secondary coach and Harold Nash became the team's assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Collier has been with the Miami Dolphins for the last 11 seasons, the last seven of which he was their running backs coach. (Miami Bio) His former coaching experience includes a stint with the Patriots during Dick McPhearson's coaching days as an assistant running backs and receivers coach on from 1991-92. He was also a pro scout for the team in 1993.
According to his Miami bio, Collier is the son of former Bills head coach Joe Collier. He served as a ballboy during Denver Broncos training camp while he dad was a defensive coordinator for the Broncos.
Harold Nash has agreed to be the team's assistant strength and conditioning coach. According to the Patriots press release Nash spent 11 years as a defensive back in the Canadian Football League, earning all-star honors three times while playing for the Shreveport Pirates (1994-95), Montreal Alouettes (1996-99), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1999-2003) and Edmonton Eskimos (2004).
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