New England Patriots

Sterling Shepard, of the New York Giants, tries to run past Adrian Colbert, of the New England Patriots. Sunday, August 29, 2021 Giants

The Patriots have made their first cut of the week. As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday, they’ve released safety Adrian Colbert.

Colbert, 27, was entering his fifth NFL season – and with his fourth team. Originally a seventh-round pick out of Miami, he spent his first two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Colbert spent the 2019 season with the Dolphins and 2020 with the Giants. He has played 33 games in his NFL career, starting 19.

Amid great depth at safety in New England, with Devin McCourty, Kyle Dugger, and Adrian Phillips leading the way, Colbert was a long-shot to make the 53-man roster. He did impress reporters in attendance at training camp with his work ethic and punctuality, often being the first player out onto the practice field.

The Patriots have until 4 p.m. on Tuesday to cut their roster down to 53 players ahead of the start of the 2021 season.

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