Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
The Patriots have informed QB Cody Kessler that he is being released, a source confirms. Kessler was the No. 3 quarterback behind Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer, and the Patriots are expected to add a third, most likely in the draft later this month. The Patriots generally don't carry four quarterbacks, so this gives Kessler a chance to hook on elsewhere before the draft, and opens the door for the Patriots to bring in a rookie. NFL Network had the initial report.