FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The New England Patriots released former Jefferson High and University of Florida standout Reche Caldwell, their leading receiver from last season, on Monday, when offseason addition Randy Moss and cornerback Asante Samuel returned to practice.
Caldwell, 28, had 61 receptions for 760 yards and four touchdowns last season, but he also had two key drops in the AFC Championship Game loss to Indianapolis.
The Patriots acquired several receivers during the offseason, including Moss, known for his enormous talent, but also for attitude problems. Moss missed all four preseason games with a hamstring injury, but returned to practice Monday.
Coach Bill Belichick said he wasn't sure if Moss would play in Sunday's opener against the New York Jets.
Moss said he has maintained his conditioning, but that sitting out has been frustrating.
'I will not be satisfied until I'm out there with the boys,' he said. 'That's what I do. I don't cut checks. I don't shine shoes. I don't tape ankles. I play football. That's what I came here to do.'
Samuel, who tied for the NFL lead with 10 interceptions last season, returned to practice after signing a one-year $7.79 million contract last week. Samuel held out most of camp looking for a long-term deal after the Patriots applied the franchise tag to him in February, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.
The Associated Press