New England Patriots

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: A general view of a New England Patriots helmet prior to Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 05: A general view of a New England Patriots helmet prior to Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

With the return of tight end Ben Watson looming, the Patriots trimmed their roster down some on Tuesday, releasing offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch and wide receiver Cameron Meredith.

Benenoch, signed by the Patriots on Sept. 17, had been with the Patriots for two weeks after getting cut by the Buccaneers in Week 1, but was inactive in New England’s win over the Jets, as well as this past Sunday’s victory over the Bills.

The 27-year-old Meredith, meanwhile, departs the Patriots after spending the entirety of his Patriot tenure on the team’s physically unable to perform list due to a knee injury. Meredith, who totaled nine catches and 114 yards in six games with the Saints last year, was always considered a low-risk, high-reward type of signing for the Patriots.

The Patriots also released linebacker Scooby Wright from the practice squad.

Bill Belichick and Co. get back to work with a Week 5 head-to-head against the Redskins in Washington.