It’s been a long and grueling preseason – but we’ve made it to cutdown day.
An anxiety ridden few days for most and a relief for some, the NFL unfortunately forces teams to get their rosters down to 53 players by 4pm on Tuesday, August 30th.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted earlier on Twitter that close to 900 players will be released by tomorrow – and although some will land on a practice squad or catch on with another team, most will see their NFL football journey end in the blink of an eye.
Check out all of my prior Patriots roster projections over the last three weeks HERE:
Though we haven’t seen many surprise moves yet, there surely will be some. Below I’ll keep you updated with all of the Patriots roster moves and and some surprise NFL cuts and transactions during what should be a wild 24 hours.
Patriots Current Roster Total: 53 | Number Needed by 4pm, Tuesday: 53
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 7:20pm: Here’s a look at New England’s 53-man roster as currently constituted:
QB(3) Mac Jones, Brian Hoyer, Bailey Zappe
RB(4) Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, Ty Montgomery, Pierre Strong Jr.
WR(5) DeVante Parker, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, Nelson Agholor, Tyquan Thornton
TE(2) Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith
OL(8) Trent Brown, Cole Strange, David Andrews, Mike Onwenu, Isaiah Wynn, Chasen Hines, Yodny Cajuste, Justin Herron
DL(6) Deatrich Wise, Davon Godchaux, Lawrence Guy, Christian Barmore, Carl Davis, Sam Roberts
LB(8) Matt Judon, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Josh Uche, Raekwon McMillan, Mack Wilson, Jahlani Tavai, Anfernee Jennings DaMarcus Mitchell
CB(6) Jalen Mills, Jon Jones, Marcus Jones, Jack Jones, Shaun Wade, Myles Bryant
S(5) Devin McCourty, Kyle Dugger, Adrian Phillips, Jabrill Peppers, Josh Bledsoe
ST(6) Jake Bailey, Nick Folk, Joe Cardona, Matthew Slater, Cody Davis, Brendan Schooler
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 7:15pm: The Patriots roster is officially official. They moved the following people off of their roster to get to 53: Kristian Wilkerson, James Ferentz, LaBryan Ray, Matt Sokol, Tristan Vizcaino, Jalen Wydermyer, Yasir Durant, Brad Hawkins, and Daniel Ekuale.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 4:11pm: The Patriots have parted ways with undrafted standout IOL Kody Russey.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 3:50pm: The biggest surprise to me thus far, The Pats have released WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey. I really though LJ did enough to make the 53. I don’t expect him to get back to NE on waivers – he’s an NFL player.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 3:44pm: New England released WR Tre Nixon.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 3:39pm: The Patriots are releasing guard Bill Murray. He had switched over from the d-line to the O-line this offseason in attempt to add some value, but unfortunately doesn’t stick on the 53.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 3:11pm: New England is releasing LB Cameron McGrone. McGrone was a fifth-round pick in 2021 after coming off on an ACL tear at Michigan. Couldn’t find a spot in the Pats linebacker room for 2022.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 2:50pm: The Patriots are releasing DL Jeremiah Pharms Jr.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 2:50pm: Rookie LB Nate Weiland has been released.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 2:30pm: The Patriots have released WR Josh Hammond.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 2:24pm: The Patriots have released OL Will Sherman.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 2:01pm: The first shocker of the day. The Patriots released DL Henry Anderson, ST Justin Bethel, and RB J.J. Taylor.
The Bethel news is incredibly surprising to me. Belichick loves his special teamers, and Bethel has been solid in his role for the Patriots.
Though the release of J.J. Taylor is also quite the shock, it should bode well for the health of Ty Montgomery.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 1:52pm: The Patriots released OL Arlington Hambright. Hambright played all over the line during the preseason, so he shouldn’t have a hard time finding a new home.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 1:27pm: The Patriots released rookie sixth-round pick RB Kevin Harris. Harris was firmly on the bubble after an up-and-down preseason.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 1:15pm: The Patriots have released OL Drew Desjarlais.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 1:11pm: The Patriots have released LB Harvey Langi.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 1:01pm: Our first “surprise”, New England released CB Terrance Mitchell. They’ll continue to build around young core of DB’s.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 11:40am: New England has made their first move of the day, releasing tight end Devin Asiasi. Looking like the TE room will only be Hunter Henry & Jonnu Smith. This could also bode well for Lil’Jordan Humphrey’s chances of making the team.
NFL News & Notable Releases/Transactions
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 2:44pm: The Raiders waived former first-round pick Alex Leatherwood. Leatherwood was a shocking pick by the Mayock-Gruden administration last year ago, and it shows today. He just couldn’t cut it – no pun intended.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 2:29pm: The Texans released veteran RB Marlon Mack – making rookie Dameon Pierce the defacto RB1 in Houston.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 12:41pm: Rookie running back Brian Robinson, who was shot on Sunday during a robbery, has made the Washington Commanders 53-man roster. Looks like he will play this season.
Tuesday, Aug. 30th – 11:07am: The Saints traded CB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson to the Eagles. Philly lands a starting corner.
Monday Aug. 29th – 12:45pm: After shopping him around for much of the offseason, the 49ers agreed to a restructured contract with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The deal includes a no-trade/no-tag clause and allowed Garoppolo to leave following the season. He is now the highest paid backup QB in the NFL.
Garoppolo’s new deal includes a $6.5 million fully guaranteed base salary with has another $500k in roster bonuses. The contract also has playtime bonuses that could bring him closer to $16 million.
Monday Aug. 29th – 5:02pm: Detroit released linebacker Jarrad Davis. A former first round pick of the Lions under Matt Patricia – could he fit in New England?
Monday Aug. 29th – 4:53pm: The Jacksonville Jaguars traded wide receiver Laviska Shenault to the Carolina Panthers. Baker Mayfield now gets to throw to DJ Moore, Robbie Anderson, and Shenault.
Monday Aug. 29th – 4:34pm: The Dolphins released former Patriots and Rams running back Sony Michel. Their backfield-by-committee now consists of Raheem Mostert, Chase Edmonds, and Myles Gaskin.
Monday Aug. 29th – 12:45pm: The Miami Dolphins signed former Patriots and Lions defensive end Trey Flowers – someone that many thought could wind up back in New England with Belichick and Patricia.
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