New England Patriots

The New England Patriots continue to shuffle the bottom of the 90-man roster ahead of the start of training camp.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates on Tuesday, the Patriots released receiver Cody Hollister and signed free-agent offensive lineman Nate Theaker. Hollister was previously placed on the non-football injury list on Monday.

Update: The Patriots officially announced the moves later on Tuesday. They also confirmed their signing of former Texans safety Eddie Pleasant.

The twin brother of Patriots tight end Jacob Hollister, Cody Hollister has yet to play in an NFL game since signing with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2017. His brother, however, looked good in minicamp and has a legitimate chance to be Rob Gronkowski’s backup in 2018.

Theaker, 24, signed a futures contract with the New Orleans Saints in January, but was cut in May. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound guard has spent time on the practice squads for the Saints and Dallas Cowboys.

Update: Considering Hollister’s injury status, there’s a chance he doesn’t end up on another team and could return to the Patriots as a free agent if the need arises, or sign with the practice squad. However, his injury possibly spurred the Patriots to simply move on.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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