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Ben Hartsock released by New England Patriots

Ben Hartsock's maiden voyage to New England was short one.

The Patriots on Thursday announced the release of the 34-year-old tight end they signed just four days ago.

The move comes one day after New England waived tight end Terrence Miller, leaving the Patriots with a depth chart that now includes Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui, D.J. Williams and Steve Maneri.

Hartsock recently made waves on the Around the League Podcast during a discussion with Pete Damilatis of Pro Football Focus. We adore PFF, but questioned their ranking of Hartsock as the league's finest tight end based almost solely on his skill as a blocker. The 11th-year pro didn't catch a pass last season.

We wouldn't be surprised to see more action at the tight end position as New England continues to fiddle with the lineup behind Gronk.

The latest "Around the League Podcast" broke down the biggest position battles and ranked the best backup QBs in the league.

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