Release of Hull alters special teams mix

To make room for rookie running back Tyler Gaffney, who was claimed on waivers Monday from the Carolina Panthers, the New England Patriots released veteran linebacker Josh Hull.

The release of Hull, who had been signed to a one-year deal April 24, shaves off a layer of depth in the competition for core special teams roster spots. On Saturday, Hull was noted as being among those competing for a niche role.

Other backup linebackers who fall into that special-teams-specific category include Chris White, Ja'Gared Davis, Darius Fleming, Cameron Gordon and Taylor McCuller.

Hull was not part of our most recent roster projection.