With four quarterbacks in training camp, there are only so many repetitions to go around. Perhaps with that in mind, the Patriots informed Jonathan Crompton of their plans to waive him, his agent Joel Turner said.
Crompton did not hit the waiver wire today, so the official transaction is likely to come tomorrow.
"We're obviously hoping for an opportunity to be claimed on waivers, and go from there. We've got that portion yet to go," Turner said.
Crompton spent 2010 on the Patriots practice squad. After playing in college at Tennessee, he entered the NFL as a 2010 fifth-round draft choice of the Chargers (168th overall).
He was a longshot to make the Patriots' roster this year, especially after the team selected Ryan Mallett in the third round of the draft. But Crompton did have his moments in camp, such as on Saturday when he was successful in the "bucket drill", when quarterbacks drop back from around the 20-yard line and attempt to deposit the football into a barrel placed 5 yards deep into the end zone. He was the only quarterback to do so on that day.
Crompton's departure leaves Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer and Mallett on the quarterback depth chart. That's what the Patriots are expected to enter the season with at the position.
Crompton's release was first reported by Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.