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New England Patriots

New England Patriots

New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MA: A view of New England Patriots helmets on the bench during a preseason game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 11, 2022. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots need to cut their roster down to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. That means head coach Bill Belichick still has 20-plus players to move on from, and plenty of tough decisions to make at key positions.

As of Tuesday morning, the majority of roster cuts so far were players that we considered long shots to make the team. The most recently released are quarterback Trace McSorely and punter Corliss Waitman. The move qualifying as the “biggest” surprise so far is veteran defensive tackle Carl Davis Jr., who spent the previous two-plus seasons in New England.

Oct 16, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Carl Davis Jr. (98) celebrates his fumble recovery with linebacker Matthew Judon (9) against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 16, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Carl Davis Jr. (98) celebrates his fumble recovery with linebacker Matthew Judon (9) against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, the Patriots officially announced Davis’ release, in addition to the following 10 players:

LB Diego Fagot
DB Brad Hawkins Jr.
TE Johnny Lumpkin
RB C.J. Marable
DB Quandre Mosely
DB Rodney Randle Jr.
DL Justus Tavai
OL Micah Vanterpool
TE Scotty Washington
LB Carson Wells

Jun 12, 2023; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Matt Sokol (87) makes a catch while doing a footwork drill at the Patriots minicamp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots tight end Matt Sokol makes a catch while running a drill at 2023 minicamp in Foxboro. (Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports)

Due to the releases of Davis and Tavai, look for the Patriots to possibly make an outside addition at defensive tackle. At tight end, Matt Sokol has done a good job fending off others on the depth chart for a possible third spot, but we’re leaving open the possibility of a trade.

As of 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, the Patriots have less than 20 players left to cut, but many of those remaining players could end up re-joining the team via the practice squad. Even then, they have open spots to fill. So, we’re going to keep you updated on everything that they do in the tracker below…

  • Patriots make last cuts, finalize 53-man roster

    The New England Patriots’ 53-man roster is set, after the team officially announced its final roster cuts. Among the notable names released were running back Ty Montgomery and outside linebacker Ronnie Perkins. In addition, they placed rookie defensive back Isaiah Bolden and tackle Conor McDermott on injured reserve prior to finalizing the roster, which ends their seasons.

    Check out a full snapshot of the initial roster below, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Stay tuned for a full breakdown.

  • CB Shaun Wade makes the team

    NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - AUGUST 25: Shaun Wade #26 of the New England Patriots reacts after giving up a first down to the Tennessee Titans during the preseason game at Nissan Stadium on August 25, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)

    NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – AUGUST 25: Shaun Wade #26 of the New England Patriots reacts after giving up a first down to the Tennessee Titans during the preseason game at Nissan Stadium on August 25, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)

    Cornerback Shaun Wade was present in the Patriots’ locker room on Tuesday afternoon, according to Mark Daniels. That means he’s been named to the 53-man roster.

    It’s a great story for the third-year pro, who has stuck around in New England but struggled to be active on game days, let alone get playing time. But injuries, youth, uncertainty, and a relative lack of size at cornerback have combined to make the 6-foot-1 Wade a valuable piece to keep around.

    I project Wade as the Patriots’ No. 4 outside cornerback, after Jonathan Jones, Christian Gonzalez, and Jack Jones. If Jack Jones is unavailable early in the season, due to his ongoing legal concerns, Wade would have a chance to get meaningful snaps.

  • Both rookie receivers make the team

    Jul 26, 2023; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots New England Patriots wide receiver Demario Douglas (60) makes a catch during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    Jul 26, 2023; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots New England Patriots wide receiver Demario Douglas (60) makes a catch during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    News that should have Patriots fans excited for the future: both of their rookie sixth-round picks at wide receiver, Kayshon Boutte and Demario Douglas, have made the 53-man roster. Andrew Callahan and Mark Daniels confirmed the news.

    Douglas has impressed throughout the summer, so he was considered a virtual lock for weeks. Boutte, meanwhile, got off to a slow start but had a strong few weeks after that. The Pats could really use some youth, explosiveness, and long-term promise at wide receiver, so the emergence of the rookies has been most welcome.

  • Patriots waive RB Kevin Harris

    Jul 26, 2023; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Kevin Harris (36) runs a drill during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    New England Patriots running back Kevin Harris runs a drill during 2023 training camp in Foxboro. (Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports)

    The Patriots are waiving running back Kevin Harris, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Harris didn’t have a good-enough summer to prove himself worth keeping over another option in free agency or the trade market. And now, both RBs drafted by the Pats in 2022, Strong and Harris, are gone.

    This leaves the Patriots with just Rhamondre Stevenson and Ezekiel Elliott on the roster at running back. Ty Montgomery is also a candidate to take snaps in the backfield, but he’s listed on the roster as a wide receiver and worked a lot with the WRs in camp when healthy.

  • Patriots Release WR Raleigh Webb

    Jul 27, 2023; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Raleigh Webb runs a drill during 2023 training camp in Foxboro. (Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports)

    Jul 27, 2023; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Raleigh Webb runs a drill during 2023 training camp in Foxboro. (Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports)

    The Patriots are releasing wide receiver/special teamer Raleigh Webb, according to Mark Daniels. Webb may have a chance to return via the practice squad and contribute on special teams, but was a long shot to make the 53-man roster.

  • Rookie DB Ameer Speed makes the team

    Jun 12, 2023; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Ameer Speed (61) pulls a sled at the Patriots minicamp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    New England Patriots cornerback Ameer Speed (61) pulls a sled at 2023 minicamp in Foxboro. (Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports)

    According to Mark Daniels, rookie defensive back Ameer Speed has made the Patriots’ 53-man roster. A great story for the rookie sixth-round pick, who certainly was not a lock to make the team. Speed projects as a core special teams coverage player and depth defensive back.

  • Patriots Release RB J.J. Taylor

    NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - AUGUST 25: J.J. Taylor #42 of the New England Patriots returns a punt against the Tennessee Titans during the preseason game at Nissan Stadium on August 25, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)

    NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – AUGUST 25: J.J. Taylor #42 of the New England Patriots returns a punt against the Tennessee Titans during the preseason game at Nissan Stadium on August 25, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)

    The Patriots are releasing running back J.J. Taylor, according to Chris Price of the Boston Globe. Taylor had a nice preseason, but it wasn’t enough to stick around in New England.

    And it appears that Taylor’s time here could indeed be over. According to Karen Guregian of MassLive, Taylor “isn’t an automatic for the practice squad” and “would like to try and get a fresh start somewhere else.”

    As of this writing, the Patriots have Rhamondre Stevenson and Ezekiel Elliott on the roster at running back. They also have Ty Montgomery, who’s listed as a wide receiver and often worked with the receivers in camp when healthy.

  • Patriots cut linebacker, but could bring him back

    Aug 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Calvin Munson (43) in game action during the first half against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    Aug 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots linebacker Calvin Munson (43) in game action during the first half against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    The Patriots are releasing linebacker Calvin Munson, according to Mark Daniels. On the surface, it’s a surprise move after Munson made a strong push in the preseason. But Daniels added that Munson is likely to re-sign to the 53-man roster after they place someone on injured reserve.

  • Patriots Waive QB/WR Malik Cunningham

    Aug. 10, 2023; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots quarterback Malik Cunningham (16) against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. (Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports)

    Aug. 10, 2023; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots quarterback Malik Cunningham (16) against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. (Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports)

    Another big move at quarterback: as first reported by Jeff Howe, the Patriots are cutting undrafted rookie QB/WR Malik Cunningham.

    The team tried converting Cunningham from QB to wide receiver, but he didn’t seem to make much progress in that front in camp. He made a good impression and built some hype with his performance early in the preseason. But apparently, it wasn’t enough for the Patriots to keep him on the roster.

    Another consideration: did Cunningham show enough to the other 31 teams that passed on him in the draft? Perhaps he will be able to come back via the Pats’ practice squad. For now, Mac Jones is the only QB left on the roster.

  • Patriots Waive QB Bailey Zappe

    Aug 25, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien talks with quarterback Bailey Zappe (4) during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

    Aug 25, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien talks with quarterback Bailey Zappe (4) during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

    It turns out that Bailey Zappe’s horrible performance in the preseason finale, and the fact he stayed out there well into the fourth quarter, was a bad sign for him. He’s being waived, as first reported by Ian Rapoport.

  • DL Sam Roberts Makes Patriots’ Roster

    Tennessee Titans running back Jacques Patrick (38) is tackled by New England Patriots defensive tackle Sam Roberts (96) during the fourth quarter at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.

    Tennessee Titans running back Jacques Patrick (38) is tackled by New England Patriots defensive tackle Sam Roberts (96) during the fourth quarter at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Aug. 25, 2023. (Syndication: The Tennessean)

    For once, a piece of news that’s NOT a player getting cut: the Patriots are naming second-year defensive lineman Sam Roberts to the 53-man roster, according to Mark Daniels.

    It’s a nice story for Roberts, who felt like a bubble player toward the end of training camp but made a strong impression in the preseason finale. Between him and the release of Carl Davis, the Pats’ defensive line is set to look a lot different this season.

  • Patriots waive S Joshuah Bledsoe

    Safety Joshuah Bledsoe of the New England Patriots practices during 2023 mandatory minicamp in Foxboro. (Matt Dolloff/98.5 The Sports Hub)

    Safety Joshuah Bledsoe of the New England Patriots practices during 2023 mandatory minicamp in Foxboro. (Matt Dolloff/98.5 The Sports Hub)

    The Patriots are waiving third-year safety Joshuah Bledsoe, according to Doug Kyed. The Patriots like Bledsoe, but they have outstanding depth at safety, which would make it hard for Bledsoe to see the field. But he should have a chance to come back on the pratice squad.

  • Patriots waive their third-best tight end

    Jun 12, 2023; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Matt Sokol (87) makes a catch while doing a footwork drill at the Patriots minicamp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    New England Patriots tight end Matt Sokol makes a catch while running a drill at 2023 minicamp in Foxboro. (Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports)

    In a mild surprise, the Patriots are waiving tight end Matt Sokol, according to Doug Kyed. Sokol was the Next Man Up™ at tight end and might have been their best pure blocker at the position. He’s a strong candidate to come back on the practice squad.

    But this move also indicates that the Patriots’ top-2 tight ends, Hunter Henry and Mike Gesicki, are going to be 100 percent for Week 1, barring any further injuries.

  • Patriots release OL Kody Russey

    Aug 1, 2023; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots center Kody Russey (66) works on the tackling sled during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    New England Patriots center Kody Russey (66) works on the tackling sled during 2023 training camp in Foxboro. (Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports)

    As reported by Mark Daniels, the Patriots are releasing offensive lineman Kody Russey. We consider Russey a top candidate to return to New England on the practice squad.

    Russey is an interior lineman who has played a lot of center in practice. But with David Andrews still the starter, James Ferentz possibly sticking around as a backup, and rookie fourth-rounder Jake Andrews a virtual lock to make the team, Russey became expendable.

  • Patriots excuse RB J.J. Taylor from practice

    New England Patriots v Green Bay Packers

    GREEN BAY, WI: Anthony Johnson Jr. of the Green Bay Packers tackles J.J. Taylor of the New England Patriots during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on Aug. 19, 2023. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

    According to Karen Guregian of MassLive, Patriots running back J.J. Taylor had an excused absence from practice on Tuesday. His lack of presence on the field may have fueled speculation that he was being cut, but for now, Taylor is still alive on the roster.

  • Patriots Release DL Jeremiah Pharms Jr.

    Pharms

    Jeremiah Pharms Jr. was on the Patriots practice squad last season after playing for the USFL’s Pittsburgh Maulers. (Photo by Bob Socci)

    According to Doug Kyed, the Patriots are releasing defensive tackle Jeremiah Pharms Jr. That leaves Davon Godchaux as the only realistic nose tackle option for the Patriots. I’d expect them to add someone at that spot, if only for depth.

  • Dolphins swing big cornerback trade

    According to Adam Schefter, the Miami Dolphins are swapping cornerbacks with the Dallas Cowboys. And the deal is nothing to sneeze at, when you consider the pedigrees of these players: the Dolphins are sending Noah Igbinoghene to the Cowboys for Kelvin Joseph.

    Igbinoghene was the Dolphins’ 2020 first-round pick, while Joseph was a second-round pick in 2021. So, a significant change in the secondary for both teams.

  • Patriots closer to done than we think?

    According to our own Alex Barth, the Patriots had 67 players at practice on Tuesday in Foxborough. The main roster plus practice squad equals 69 players. So, it’s quite possible that the Pats are close to finalizing that collective group of players.

    But even if they are, they have at least two open spots to fill from outside the organization, or with a player they’ve already cut.

  • Patriots Cut TE Anthony Firkser

    New England Patriots tight end Anthony Firkser heads to the practice field during 2023 training camp in Foxboro. (98.5 The Sports Hub)

    New England Patriots tight end Anthony Firkser heads to the practice field during 2023 training camp in Foxboro. (98.5 The Sports Hub)

    According to Doug Kyed, the Patriots are cutting tight end Anthony Firkser. The former Titans TE was battling with Matt Sokol and others for a possible third spot on the depth chart behind Hunter Henry and Mike Gesicki.

    This move strikes me as a good sign for both the health of Henry and Gesicki entering the regular season, and the chances of Sokol landing a spot on the roster or practice squad. The Pats could also be gauging the free-agent/trade market at the position, as they monitor moves across the league.

  • Patriots Trading Nick Folk

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 06: Nick Folk #6 of the New England Patriots kicks a field goal in the fourth quarter of a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on November 06, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – NOVEMBER 06: Nick Folk #6 of the New England Patriots kicks a field goal in the fourth quarter of a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium on November 06, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

    A kicker trade for the Patriots: according to Ian Rapoport, the Pats are trading kicker Nick Folk to the Titans. (more details forthcoming)

  • Patriots Release OG Chasen Hines

    Aug 11, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots guard Chasen Hines (63) warms up before a preseason game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    Aug 11, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots guard Chasen Hines (63) warms up before a preseason game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium. Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

    According to Doug Kyed of the Boston Herald, the Patriots are waiving second-year guard Chasen Hines. A former sixth-round pick out of LSU, Hines has yet to be active for an NFL game and wasn’t able to rise past a second-or-third-string role on the Patriots.

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