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Bishop waived before team departs

Quarterback Michael Bishop has been waived by the New England Patriots, the team announced late Friday afternoon.

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            Drafted in the seventh-round of the 1999 draft, Bishop appeared in eight games in two seasons with the Patriots. All of that action came last season in either short-yardage or Hail Mary situations. Bishop completed 3-of-9 passes for 80 yards and one touchdown. He also ran seven times for minus-1 yard.  

Bishop spent the summer playing for the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe. He started six games and completed 76-of-153 passes (49.7 percent) for 1,090 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran 35 times for 244 yards and one touchdown.

Bishop had clearly fallen behind Tom Brady as the third quarterback on New England's depth chart. In the preseason opener against the Giants, he played the final eight minutes of the fourth quarter and completed just 2-of-7 passes for 21 yards.

With the departure of Bishop, the only players remaining from the 1999 draft class are center Damien Woody, linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer, running back Kevin Faulk and wide receiver/defensive back Sean Morey, who was actually waived and brought back midway through last season.

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