Patriots begin final cutdowns with a veteran on the defense
The New England Patriots’ final roster cut-downs have officially begun.
Head coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the NFL have until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 29 to submit an initial 53-man roster, but they’re getting a head start on cuts with a veteran defensive tackle who had spent the previous three seasons in New England.
According to Mark Daniels of MassLive, the Patriots are cutting 30-year-old DT Carl Davis, less than 24 hours after the team’s preseason finale. Davis played well into the second half of Friday night’s game, landing him on the latest Ups & Downs, so it turns out the writing was on the wall.
Davis first signed with the Patriots during the 2020 season, then spent the entirety of the past two campaigns in New England. He played 33 of a possible 34 games from 2021-22, with six starts. Davis primarily played 0-technique (nose tackle) and was used in both running and passing situations.
The Patriots claimed former Panthers DT Marquan McCall off waivers earlier this week, but ended up releasing him with a failed physical designation. That came after the Pats’ starting defensive line struggled in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. So, it’s worth monitoring whether Belichick makes another addition to that group as part of the initial 53-man roster.
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