The Patriots released one rookie free agent on Monday to sign another.
The Patriots added defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna , who was signed as an undrafted free agent out of BYU by the New York Giants in May and released a month later. New England released defensive lineman Seali’i Epenesa .
Manumaleuna, 25, suffered a season-ending knee injury in 2012, was given him a medical redshirt, and allowed to return in 2013. He started all 13 games last season, recording 48 tackles, seven for loss, and a sack. He finished his BYU career with 144 tackles and 6
Manumaleuna’s uncle (Frank Manumaleuga ) and cousin (BrandonManumaleuna ) both played in the NFL.
The Patriots signed Epenesa, 22, out of UCLA last month. He appeared in 41 games for UCLA, totaling 46 tackles and a sack.
The Patriots start training camp on Thursday.
Dennard on PUP list
The Patriots placed five players on the physically unable to perform list and four on the non-football injury list on Monday.
Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, and receivers Aaron Dobson, Jeremy Gallon, and Matthew Slater were placed on the PUP list.
First-round draft pick Dominique Easley, a defensive end from Florida, was added to the non-football injury list, along with running back Roy Finch, tackle Chris Martin, and linebacker Deontae Skinner.
All nine players count toward the team’s active roster limit of 90 and are eligible to come off the lists at any time during the preseason.