The New England Patriots are known for letting go of players a year early rather than a year too late. Whether it be a tenured player with the team or a recently added established player. Per Adam Schefter, the most recent notable cuts made by the Patriots were defensive lineman Tommie Kelly, Will Smith and veteran linebacker James Anderson.
NE with some notable cuts: Patriots released veteran DL Tommie Kelly and Will Smith, along with vet LB James Anderson, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 24, 2014
Tommie Kelly spent his first nine seasons with the Oakland Raiders playing all for defensive line positions. Kelly is a very versatile player up front and one who was thought to be a good fit for Bill Belichik's defensive scheme. Kelly, 33 should be able to find work as his veteran presence can be an asset to some teams.
Will Smith was trying to make a comeback with New England after tearing his ACL last season as a member of the New Orleans Saints. Smith played the last 10 seasons in New Orleans as a defensive end but was attempting to move to outside linebacker for Rob Ryan's 3-4 scheme. Smith was a force off the corner tallying 67.5 sacks throughout his career.
Anderson had his best seasons with the Carolina Panthers during the 2010 and 2011 season and again had a resurgence with the Chicago Bears in 2013 registering 85 tackles and 4 sacks. Anderson played seven seasons with the Panthers followed by a one-year term with the Bears.
Belichik has such a good history with roster moves that it’s hard to question anything he does. I'm sure the Patriots will be fine without this trio of veterans but I don't think any of them are ready to call it quits just yet.