As the Patriots trim their roster down to the final 53, a few notable players will not be on the team this season.
In a loaded backfield with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead and rookies Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley, Sammy Morris simply wouldn't see the field.
The 12-year veteran was released Saturday after spending four seasons with the club. Morris was a tough runner in his first few years with the club, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. However, last season Morris' average slipped to 2.8 as he served as a fullback more than a runner.
In a somewhat surprising move, the club also released defensive end Eric Moore. The former UFL star had an instant impact after being picked up late in the season in 2010, but must not have shown enough this offseason to warrant a spot in a crowded defensive line.
Sixth-round pick Markell Carter was also released but could join the practice squad.