Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The Patriots have to cut their roster down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon, and they got a headstart on the process on Friday. Tight end Daniel Fells was cut by the team early Friday afternoon, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Fells spent the 2012 season with the Patriots, catching just four passes for 85 yards but making his biggest impact as a blocker and on special teams. Fells, 29, began his career with the St. Louis Rams, establishing himself as a viable receiving threat with 41 catches in 2010. He then spent the 2011 season with the Denver Broncos, pulling down 19 passes and three touchdowns before joining the Patriots. Coming into this season, Fells was expected to take on more of an active role in the Patriots’ offense, especially with Rob Gronkowski set to be out at least for the first few weeks of the season. An undisclosed injury kept him out for part of the preseason, allowing rookie Zach Sudfeld and veteran Michael Hoomanawanui to further establish themselves on the field, which likely had an impact on his release. Gronk’s return to the field, doing some running and agility drills, earlier this week also may have instilled confidence that he could return sooner than expected and to keep him on the active 53-man roster for the start of the season. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here. Filed under: Headlines, Luke Hughes, New England Patriots
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Darrelle Revis, Ndamukong Suh exchange words after game

Curt Schilling's son causes scare at Logan Airport

Manziel's girlfriend tells Browns to put Johnny Football in

Scalpers in Detroit selling free Jets-Bills tickets for $125

Report: Redskins could bench Robert Griffin III

Broncos have meeting with scoreboard operator

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Cowboys could still pursue Adrian Peterson

Manny Pacquiao: I'm ready to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr.

John Calipari gets daughter's birthday wrong

Carson: Hall of Fame career not worth concussion problems

Tiger hires new swing coach

Is Sting making his WWE debut at Survivor Series?

Video: RG3 gets crushed, his linemen look unfazed

WATCH: Robert Griffin III takes vicious helmet-to-helmet hit

WATCH: Dominic Raiola tries to cheap-shot Patriots' lineman

WATCH: Janoris Jenkins returns interception 99 yards for TD

WATCH: TY Hilton chokes up in emotional postgame interview

WATCH: Chris Clemons accidentally knocks ref's hat off

WATCH: Aaron Rodgers throws nifty TD across his body

WATCH: LeGarrette Blount does Antonio Brown's end zone dance

WATCH: Eagles take opening kickoff 107 yards for TD

Western Carolina coach blasts Kirk Herbsreit

WATCH: Young reporter asks Helfrich funny question

Sager makes first appearance since leukemia diagnosis

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Dominic Raiola admits to dirty play

WATCH: Revis, Suh exchange words

Manziel's GF wants her man to play

Cowboys to pursue Adrian Peterson?

Cal gets daughter's bday wrong

Carson: Career not worth concussions

Report: Gundy pursuing Florida job

Tiger hires new swing coach

WATCH: Jameis Winston shoves ref

Florida DL supports Will Muschamp with eye black

Jay Gruden: RG3 has been 'coddled'

LeBron: Love needs to 'demand' the ball

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.