The New England Patriots finished their 53-man roster Saturday afternoon, and cut off 27 players.
Stephen Anderson, tight
end Andrew Beck, wide
receiver Braxton Berrios,
running back Nick Brossette,
offensive lineman Cole Croston,
wide receiver Ryan Davis,
offensive lineman James Ferentz,
linebacker Terez Hall, defensive end Trent Harris, safety A.J. Howard, quarterback Brian Hoyer, offensive lineman Martez
Ivey, offensive lineman
fullback Jakob Johnson,
defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu,
offensive tackle Cedrick Lang,
linebacker Calvin Munson, defensive
tackle David Parry,
wide receiver Damoun Patterson,
linebacker Christian Sam,
tight end Eric Saubert, offensive tackle Dan
linman Tyree St. Louis,
wide receiver Demaryius Thomas,
defensive tackle Nick Thurman,
cornerback Ken Webster and
linebacker Scooby Wright are
traded cornerbacks Duke Dawson to the Denver Broncos and Keion Crossen to the
Houston Texans. Center David Andrews, edge rusher Derek Rivers, offensive
lineman Hjalte Froholdt and safety Malik Gant ended up on injured reserve.
Cameron Meredith will start off the regular season on the PUP list. Offensive tackle
Yodny Cajuste will stay on NFI list. Both players will be able to return for
Gunner Olszewski, linebacker Elandon Roberts, defensive end Deatrich Wise,
outside linebacker Shilique Calhoun and safety Obi Melifonwu made the cut.
We don’t know if the Patriots will play the first game with this roster. They added four players last season.
It’s interesting how the Patriots decided to go with their rookie quarterback instead of Hoyer. He was a backup quarterback for Tom Brady, but it looks like head coach Bill Belichick was satisfied how rookie Jarrett Stidham accepted the role.
“I love Brian Hoyer,” said Patriots offensive coordinator Josh
McDaniels. “Brian has been great for us. He’s great for Tom. He’s done a nice
job in the preseason, obviously. Brian knows our system, knows how to operate
and function within the things we do, throws the ball well and is an extremely
hard worker. Really smart, great teammate and as good a leader as (any) backup
quarterback that I’ve been around. … He makes the guys around him