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Patriots cut RB J.J. Taylor, two veteran defenders who could return soon – Boston Herald

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The three biggest surprises of the day.

The Patriots released running back J.J. Taylor and veteran cornerback/core special teamer Justin Bethel on Tuesday, sources confirmed to the Herald.

Bethel has been with the Patriots since midway through the 2019 season. The former Pro Bowler is regarded as one of the best special teams players in the league. As a vested veteran, he will not be subject to waivers and could re-sign with the team if/when it creates an open roster spot by placing injured players on IR after 4 p.m. today.

Taylor, however, will be subject to waivers and could be claimed by another team over the next 24 hours. Taylor is the second running back to receive his release after sixth-round rookie Kevin Harris was cut early Tuesday afternoon. They leave Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, Ty Montgomery and Pierre Strong in the team’s running backs room.

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