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Bill Belichick explains decision to release Cassius Marsh and acquire Eric Lee

Ryan Hannable
November 22, 2017 - 10:21 am

FOXBORO -- The Patriots made a roster move on Tuesday by releasing defensive end Cassius Marsh and signing defensive end Eric Lee off the Bills' practice squad.

Marsh was acquired by the Patriots just before the season when they gave a fifth and a seventh-round pick to Seattle. He struggled to adjust to the Patriots defense with containing the edge and played just two snaps Sunday against the Raiders.

“Just the feeling that we felt like that was the best move to make for the football team," Bill Belichick said Wednesday.

Belichick was able to get a look at Lee this summer, as he was with the Texans and the Patriots had joint practices with them in West Virginia.

“We worked against him in Houston in the preseason," he said. "Played outside linebacker for Houston, defensive end in their sub-package so there’s some relevance there for us — similar to a position that was vacated. So, we’ll see how it goes.”

It would seem the Patriots just felt Lee will give them more production than Marsh.

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