One day after finishing mini-camp, New England waived quarterback Ben Leard.
The 6-3, 220-pound Leard signed with the Patriots on April 27 as a rookie free agent out of Auburn. He was with the team for rookie orientation, passing camp and mini-camp.
As a senior at Auburn Leard completed 193-of-319 passes for 2,158 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also had three rushing touchdowns.
The move lowers the roster total to 88 and leaves the Patriots with four quarterbacks. The remaining quarterbacks are Drew Bledsoe, Damon Huard, Tom Brady and Michael Bishop.