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Patriots release safety Je'Rod Cherry By Associated Press, 12/24/2004 13:10
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) The Patriots on Friday released safety Je'Rod Cherry, who has primarily played on special teams over four seasons with New England.
Cherry has been a key member of New England's kick coverage teams, which had a tough night Monday against Miami, allowing 71-yard punt return to Wes Welker that set up the Dolphins first touchdown. Coach Bill Belichick has been unhappy all season with that aspect of special teams play.
After three full seasons in New England, Cherry was released at the end of training camp. He was re-signed by the team three games into the regular season.
A second-round draft pick by New Orleans in 1996, he spent four seasons with the Saints. Cherry played with Philadelphia in 2000 before signing with the Patriots in 2001.