Patriots waive DE-turned-TE Jake Bequette with injury designation

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In making the transition from defensive end to tight end this year with the New England Patriots, 2012 third-round draft choice Jake Bequette was hoping to beat the odds and stick on the roster.

An injury has ended his hopes.

Bequette was waived Thursday by the Patriots. Because Bequette was "waived/injured," he will revert to injured reserve Friday if not claimed by another team.

Bequette, who has appeared in eight career games, is signed through 2016.

Meanwhile, the club also released veteran defensive tackle Antonio Johnson, one of their offseason award winners. In addition to Johnson, offensive tackle Mark Asper and linebacker Cameron Gordon were waived.

This thins the Patriots' roster to 84 players. All NFL teams must be down to 75 by Sept. 1.