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Former Raider released

The New England Patriots thinned their collection of former Oakland Raiders by cutting quarterback Andrew Walter today as part of their plan to reduce their roster to the league mandated 53 man roster by tomorrow.

Walter was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2005 draft. He missed his rookie season with injuries. His second season was the only year where he say any significant playing time where he appeared in 12 games, starting eight of them. During that season, he saw his stock plummet as he went from being a “quarterback of the future” to a forgotten man under the Lane Kiffin regime.

For his career in Oakland, Walter was 2-7 as a starter. He only had a 52.6 quarterback rating. He was 174 out of 133 for 1919 yards. He had only three touchdowns against 16 interceptions.

Walter was released by the Raiders at the beginning of camp, in a move that had been long coming. Once JaMarcus Russell was drafted with the top pick in 2007, it was obvious that Walter was out of the loop. The Raiders held on to him for another two seasons and the situation coming to a head this offseason where Walter stayed out of all of the voluntary workouts. During the mandatory minicamp he spent the camp working off to the side with undrafted free agent Danny Southwick.

The Patriots signed Walter immediately after his release from Oakland. Walter went 5-9 for 62 yards and a 77.1 passer rating. This move leaves undrafted free agent Brian Hoyer as the only quarterback on the roster not named Tom Brady.