New England Patriots

A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Patriots have made their final roster cutdowns and named their initial 53-man roster for 2019. Check below for a full recap of our live updates from throughout the day, and click here to see the roster with analysis for each position group.


— Per Mike Reiss, the Patriots kept rookie OL Yodny Cajuste on the non-football injury list to start the season. He will miss a minimum of six games and then the Patriots will have three weeks to activate him.

— According to Nick Underhill (via Jeff Howe), the Patriots’ final roster cuts were: OL James Ferentz, CB Ken Webster, FB Jakob Johnson, DL Trent Harris, and OL Cole Croston. S Malik Gant moves to IR

— Per Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, a return for Demaryius Thomas appears to be “in the works”. Guregian believes it’s “very likely” that the Patriots will use Thomas’ roster spot to place someone on injured reserve with the designation to return before re-signing him.

— Rookie offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt is a strong candidate to be placed on injured reserve, according to Jeff Howe. Froholdt appeared to aggravate a shoulder injury during the preseason finale. The rookie out of Arkansas looked like he had a long way to go, so it’s no surprise that the Pats would simply redshirt him.

— Per Mike Reiss, the Patriots are placing DE Derek Rivers on injured reserve. This marks the second time in three years that Rivers will be out the whole season.

— According to Field Yates, the Patriots are placing center David Andrews on injured reserve. That will end his season. They’ve also placed WR Cameron Meredith on PUP to start the season, meaning he will be out a minimum of six games.

— Per Ian Rapoport, the Patriots are releasing WR Demaryius Thomas. The move is a surprise after Thomas stuck on the roster throughout the summer and played well in the preseason finale.

— Per NFL insider Aaron Wilson, the Patriots are cutting RB Nick Brossette. They will likely stick with a five-man group of James White, Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel, Brandon Bolden, and rookie Damien Harris.

— According to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, Gunner Olszewski will indeed make the Patriots’ 53-man roster. He was initially reported to be released. He makes the team over Keion Crossen, who was traded to the Texans for a sixth-round pick.

— Per Ian Rapoport, the Patriots are trading CB Keion Crossen to the Texans. “Rap Sheet” adds that this means WR Gunner Olszewski, a former defensive back out of Bemidji State, will make the roster.

— Sources tell ESPN’s Dianna Russini that the Broncos are “interested in bringing in” QB Brian Hoyer, whom the Patriots reportedly cut earlier on Saturday. It’s unclear what “bringing in” means between a signing or just a meeting.

It’s possible that the Patriots want to re-sign Hoyer and released him so they could place injured players on IR with the designation to return. Those players are required to make the initial 53-man roster.

— The Patriots waived linebacker Terez Hall, according to Nick Underhill of The Athletic.

— NFL insider Adam Caplan reports that the Patriots are releasing QB Brian Hoyer. Rookie Jarrett Stidham is officially Tom Brady’s backup.

— The Patriots waived LB Scooby Wright III, according to Doug Kyed. Wright signed last week and played in the preseason finale on Thursday.

— DL Nick Thurman has been released, per Jeff Howe. He was never truly in the mix with the Patriots’ defensive depth.

— The Patriots cut OT Dan Skipper, according to Doug Kyed. The writing was on the wall for Skipper, who couldn’t set himself apart as a starting or backup and the Pats acquired tackle Korey Cunningham from the Cardinals.

— If Gunner Olszewski clears waivers, the Patriots would plan on signing him to the practice squad, according to Doug Kyed.

— The Patriots informed WR/DB/PR Gunner Olszewski of his release, per multiple reports. Olszewski had a strong preseason, but was hard-pressed to find room on the roster at receiver. He should carry value as a punt returner either on the Patriots’ practice squad or another team.

— LB Calvin Munson has been waived, according to Jeff Howe. He’d be a strong practice squad candidate if he clears.

— Tight end Stephen Anderson and DL Ufomba Kamalu have been waived, per NESN’s Doug Kyed. If Anderson clears waivers, he’d be a good candidate for the practice squad.

— Tight end Eric Saubert has been released, according to Nick Underhill of The Athletic.

— WR Braxton Berrios was informed of his release, per Adam Schefter. After a strong start to camp, Berrios fell off as the Patriots got healthier and deeper at receiver.

From Friday: The Patriots cut 10 players on the way toward determining their 53-man roster, in addition to trading CB Duke Dawson to the Broncos.

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