Cadet, the former New Orleans Saint, played in one game with the team, the 40-32 win over Buffalo on Sept. 20. He was on the field for just two offensive snaps in that game and one on special teams as a gunner on the punt coverage unit.
The Patriots had been intrigued by Cadet's speed and pass-catching ability when they signed him to a one-year contract on March 17 after Cadet was not tendered a contract by the Saints as a restricted free agent. Cadet was part of a competition with Dion Lewis and James White for a roster spot as the team's pass-catching running back, and the club ultimately kept all three along with LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden.
But with Lewis emerging as the clear No. 1 option in the pass-catching running back role, it lessened Cadet's value on the roster, with the team ultimately deciding that a fifth linebacker (Bostic) was a better fit than a fifth running back.