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New England Patriots release Alfonzo Dennard

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After tumbling down the New England Patriots' stacked depth chart last season before landing on injured reserve, the writing was on the wall for cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.

The Patriots released Dennard after three seasons, the team announced on Tuesday.

Dennard, a seventh-round pick back in 2012, appeared in 29 games for the Patriots, a run that included five picks and 86 tackles.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick drafted a safety and cornerback over the weekend, which likely made the injured cornerback expendable.

Before some legal troubles, Dennard was looked at by some as a late first- or early second-round pick. At almost 6 feet and 205 pounds, he's certainly physical enough to warrant a look from some other teams out there.

As evidenced by the draft, good cornerback help is hard to come by.

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