Roster Moves Include Miller's Departure
Josh Miller (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Josh Miller (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Posted Aug 17, 2007

The New England Patriots made three roster moves on Thursday. The team released punter Josh Miller and offensive lineman Brian Barthelmes, while claiming offensive lineman Chris Patrick off waivers.

FOXBORO, Mass. – The New England Patriots released veteran punter Josh Miller on Thursday. The team also released offensive lineman Brian Barthelmes and claimed rookie lineman Chris Patrick off waivers from the Giants.

Miller, 37, joined the Patriots as a free agent in 2004. In three seasons with New England, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound punter managed 175 punts for 7,682 yards, including 53 punts downed inside the 20. The left-footed kicker appeared in just ten games for the Patriots in 2006, finishing the season on injured reserve. Miller averaged 43 yards per kick on 43 punts with 12 kicks downed inside the 20.

The departure of Miller leaves two punters competing for the starting role; rookies Tom Malone and Danny Baugher. Both players spent time in NFL Europa in 2007.

Punter Tom Malone practices his technique during practice at New England Patriots training camp August 2007 (Photo Kevin Saleeba /

Barthelmes, 24, is a second-year offensive lineman who spent last season on the team's practice squad. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Virginia on May 8, 2006, Barthelmes played in NFL Europa for the Amsterdam Admirals in 2007. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Ohio native had no regular season appearances for New England.

Patrick, 22, was acquired off waivers from the New York Giants. Patrick declared for the 2007 NFL Supplemental Draft, but was not selected. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Nebraska product was signed as a free agent by New York on July 18, 2007. He appeared in last week's preseason game against the Panthers.

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