FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots released 11-year veteran punter Josh Miller on Thursday, leaving the team with two punters in camp, neither of whom has appeared in a regular-season NFL game.
His 43.6-yard punting average in 42 regular-season games with New England ranks second in franchise history only to Tom Tupa, who had a 44.7-yard average from 1996 to 1998. Miller's 45.1-yard average in 2005 is the second best single-season mark in team history, behind Tupa's 45.8-yard average in 1997.
The two remaining punters in Patriots camp are Danny Baugher and Tom Malone. Both were on the practice squad last season and both played in NFL Europa last spring.
The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Barthelmes, signed as an undrafted free agent in May 2006, was on the Patriots practice squad last season and played in NFL Europa in the spring.