Tuesday marked the second of three NFL cutdown days this summer. Teams had until 4:00 p.m. to trim their roster from 85 players down to 80.
The Patriots got ahead of those cuts Tuesday morning, releasing wide receiver Devin Ross, offensive linemen R.J. Prince, linebacker Cassh Maluia, safety Malik Gant, and long snapper Brian Khoury. In addition, lineman Marcus Martin was waived and then reverted to IR. Those moves were first reported by The Boston Herald’s Andrew Callahan, ESPN’s Mike Reiss, and Aaron Wilson.
Ross has had multiple stints with the Patriots, spending most of last season on the practice squad. He was signed again during spring practices.
Prince was signed by the Patriots during spring practices. His deal was a two-year contract.
Maluia was added to the roster after Raekwon McMillan tore his ACL early in camp. He was originally drafted by the team in 2019 before being released in March.
Gant joined the team during training camp, just before their first preseason game against Washington. He was previously in New England as a UDFA in 2019, but his promising summer was cut short by an injury.
Khoury was signed early in training camp following an injury to starting long snapper Joe Cardona. With Cardona’s return, Khoury is a logical cut.
Martin was another 2020 practice squad member. He surged early in camp with injuries on the offensive line, but had faded since.
With the extra roster spot opened, the Patriots claimed tight end Kahale Warring off waivers from the Houston Texans. Taken in the third round of the 2019 draft (a pick before Damien Harris), Warring has played just seven NFL games, spending most of his two pro seasons on IR. The move was first reported by NFL Network’s Tom Pellisero.
The next and final round of roster cuts will come on Tuesday Aug. 31, after the third preseason game. By 4:00 p.m. on that day, teams will have to trim down to their initial 53-man roster.
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