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Leon Washington made his bones as a returner with Seattle.
One of the best kick returners in the league the past five years, Leon Washington was brought in to help break the Curse of Ellis Hobbs III. (Since Hobbs departed New England in a trade following the 2008 season, the Patriots have struggled to find consistency when it comes to kick return work.)
Despite the fact that he got precious little work in the preseason, it was initially believed he had made the final 53 after he survived Saturday's cuts. But he was cut loose on Sunday, and now, the kick return duties will likely be split between a handful of youngsters, including Matthew Slater, Shane Vereen, Josh Boyce, Devin McCourty and (maybe) Julian Edelman.
In addition, the release of Washington also makes us wonder who will serve as a possible backup to Vereen as the third-down back. None of the other running backs on the roster have a similar skill set (think Danny Woodhead and Kevin Faulk), which could mean the Patriots would modify their offense if Vereen was out for an extended stretch.