New England Patriots

Feb 3, 2019; Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots defensive back Obi Melifonwu against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff,

The New England Patriots have informed safety Obi Melifonwu of his release, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Melifonwu spent most of the last two seasons in New England. He first signed with the Patriots in Nov. 2018, then signed to their practice squad after being released early in the 2019 season.

The safety never made enough headway to carve out a role on special teams and never had much of a shot at earning regular defensive snaps at safety.

New England’s safety group remains deep for 2020, with Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, and Terrence Brooks returning. The Patriots also signed Adrian Phillips and Cody Davis as free agents, and just drafted Kyle Dugger out of Lenoir-Rhyne University with their first draft pick (No. 37) over the weekend.

Melifonwu is the latest to get the axe after the Patriots drafted 10 players and reportedly signed another 16 undrafted free agents. The team is also releasing fourth-year defensive end Keionta Davis.

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