The move to cut Greg Lewis Monday took many by surprise. The former Eagle was competing for a role as the team's No. 3 receiver and his departure leaves just four regular receivers on the roster, along with the injured Matt Slater who is more of a defensive player despite being listed as a wideout.
New England claimed DB Bret Lockett off waivers from the Cleveland Browns to take Lewis' spot on the roster. Lockett was signed by the Browns as an undrafed rookie free agent in May.
The team announced the addition of seven players to the practice squad Monday evening:
DT Titus Adams - Spent training camp with the Patriots, was released Saturday as part of the roster cuts.
OL Patrick Brown - Signed by the Carolina Panthers as a rookie free agent, was part of their final roster cuts.
DT Adrian Grady - Rookie free agent signed by the Indianapolis Colts in April. Part of their final roster cuts.
WR Terrence Nunn - Spent training camp with the Patriots. Part of New England's final cuts on Saturday.
DL Darryl Richard - Seventh round pick by New Enlgnad in April's Draft. Released as part of the final roster cuts.
QB Isaiah Stanback - Former fourth round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2007. Worked mostly as a receiver in Dallas. Decided ot sign with New England for a chance to play quarterback again.
DB DeAngelo Willingham. - Rookie free agent who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in April. Was released and acquired by the Cowboys who put a waiver wire claim in along with the Patriots.
The Patriots announced the addition of OL Kendall Simmons on Sunday. Simmons was a former first round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2002. The 6-foot-3, 315-pound offensive lineman started 81 games and seven postseason games for Pittsburgh during his seven seasons in Pittsburgh.