New England Patriots

On Friday, the Patriots opened up two roster spots with a pair of transactions. The team has waived defensive lineman Byron Cowart (per ESPN’s Field Yates) and placed running back/wide receiver Malcolm Perry on the reserve/retired list (per ESPN’s Mike Reiss).

Cowart was a fifth-round pick by the Patriots in 2019. The former No. 1 overall recruit coming out of high school seemed like a fit for the Patriots given his versatility up front. Over his first two seasons, he played 19 games recording 29 tackles, with three for a loss and one sack. He was placed on PUP at the end of training camp last year, and missed the entire 2021 season, and wasn’t spotted at OTAs or minicamp this spring.

Perry is a former Navy quarterback who played multiple roles when he joined the Miami Dolphins as a UDFA in 2020. The Patriots claimed him off waivers following final roster cuts last year, although he missed the entire season due to injury.

With these moves, the Patriots now have 85 players on their 90-man roster. Eight of those players are on PUP or NFI.