Patriots release veteran offensive lineman

The New England Patriots, after adding eight players in the draft and a number of undrafted rookies, are starting to get a feel for their roster and see who might not have a spot anymore.

On Monday, the team announced that they’ve released veteran offensive tackle Conor McDermott.

McDermott, 31, was actually a Patriots draft pick in 2017 out of UCLA, but he didn’t make the roster as a rookie. He spent parts of three seasons with the Buffalo Bills and another three with the New York Jets before returning to New England in 2022.

In 2023, he appeared in six games for the Patriots, playing 21.7% of the team’s snaps all at left tackle.

This move is interesting because it really shows New England’s commitment to playing either Chukwuma Okorafor or Caedan Wallace at left tackle, neither of which has played on that side. McDermott has at least done it in the NFL, so it would’ve made sense to have him in the competition.

Now, it appears that the battle is just strictly a two-man competition.

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