When veteran defensive tackle Terrance Knighton failed to see a single snap on defense in last Friday night's third preseason game in Carolina, it was quite clear the free agent addition was in a fight for his roster life.
According to countless reports Monday morning, New England has indeed released Knighton. Always active on social media, the veteran took to Twitter to seemingly confirm the reports himself.
While things may not have worked out the way either side intended when the Connecticut native signed with New England this offseason, Knighton is taking a very professional approach regarding his short time in Foxborough.
With Knighton out of the mix, New England's defensive tackle spot now includes second-year former first-round pick Malcom Brown, returning veteran Alan Branch, free agent newcomers Markus Kuhn and Anthony Johnson as well as rookie third-round pick Vincent Valentine. Joe Vellano and Woodrow Hamilton also remain in the mix at this point.
The Patriots, like all NFL teams, will need to be down to the 75-man roster limit by Tuesday afternoon.