Patriots Release Punter

FOXBORO -- The New England Patriots announced the release of rookie punter Mike Dragosavich today. Dragosavich was originally signed by the team on May 5, 2008 as an undrafted rookie free agent.

FOXBORO -- The New England Patriots announced the release of rookie punter Mike Dragosavich today. Dragosavich was originally signed by the team on May 5 2008 as an undrafted rookie free agent.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound specialist was signed by the team shortly after a tryout during the Patriots rookie minicamp. His opportunity to impress the coaching staff was limited to the team's first two minicamps.

Dragosavich was the Great West Football Conference leader in punting last year with a 45.4 yard avg. He recorded 27 punts for 1,225 yards with 11 punts inside the 20-yard line.

The North Dakota State product was fighting for a roster spot as the Patriots' third punter. With the new, smaller roster limit (no NFL Europe exemptions), the team obviously felt that veterans Scott Player and Chris Hanson offered the team a better solution for the coming season. Dragosavich was the All-time punting average (44.5 yards) leader in North Dakota State history. His strong leg was evident during the team's minicamp. The Patriots carried three punters in training camp during the 2007 offseason and eventually settled on Hanson who became the team's fourth punter in camp. Dragosavich still has time to join another team for their coming minicamps being held this week and next before teams take a pre-training camp break for the summer.

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