The New England Patriots announced release of long snapper Charley Hughlett and tight end Xavier Grimble from the practice squad on Friday, two days after the two joined the team’s 10-man roster.
Hughlett and Grimble were originally added to New England’s practice squad on Wednesday, as cornerback Daxton Swanson and linebacker Deontae Skinner were released.
Hughlett, 24, was in his third stint as a member of the Patriots, after incumbent snapper Danny Aiken suffered a concussion against the Detroit Lions and has been limited in practice this week. And since entering the league as an undrafted rookie via Central Florida in 2012, the 6-foot-4, 251-pound Hughlett has also been a member of the Dallas Cowboys, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cleveland Browns.
Grimble, 22, joined the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent out of USC in May. The 6-foot-4, 261-pound tight end was waived by the Giants during the Aug. 26 roster cuts before joining the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad through early November. In three seasons at USC, Grimble caught 69 passes for 731 yards and 11 touchdowns over 38 games and 22 starts.
The Hughlett and Grimble moves come one day after the Patriots released second-year special-teamer Don Jones from the 53-man roster. New England could potentially sign the former Miami Dolphins seventh-round safety to the practice squad, should he clear waivers by 4 p.m. Friday.
“He is practice-squad eligible,” head coach Bill Belichick said of Jones in his Friday press conference. “He is one of the exception players. Yeah, that would be a possibility. Again, there are other players that are in consideration based on our team and what other players are available.”
The Patriots currently have two spots open on the practice squad, as well as one on the active roster.