Aug 16, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Zach Sudfeld (44) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Keith Tandy (37) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots cut Zach Sudfeld

In a surprising move, it has been announced that the New England Patriots have released tight end Zach Sudfeld, who opened the season as the team’s starter in place of Rob Gronkowski, as he recovered from a flurry of offseason surgeries.

Multiple media outlets have reported the news, which could be a sign that Gronkowski is much closer to a return than we had imagined.

Sudfeld has been a relative non-factor as of late, after starting the season with plenty of hype. If it wasn’t for misplaying an onside kick attempt last week, many would have forgotten his name.

Despite not being a major factor for the team, Sudfeld could be landing on the practice squad once he clears waivers.

The real losers here are the fantasy football owners that used a draft pick on Sudfeld, who was supposed to have a big breakout year. Unfortunately, he never lived up to be the contributor that everyone thought he could be.

The good news is that Kenbrell Thompkins, the other fantasy breakout player who many predicted would be big for the Patriots, has been able to come in to his own.

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