FOXBORO – Tuesday is a tough day in the NFL as a lot of players will find out they no longer work for the team. It’s Reduction Day, with a 4pm deadline for all 32 teams to cut their roster down to 53 players.
The Patriots have begun to slim down their roster over the past few days, but they still have a lot of work to do. There are 77 players on the New England roster, which means the team will have to move on from an additional 24 players before this afternoon.
Some interesting questions remain as the deadline approaches.
Will New England carry six receivers in the 2023 season, with rookies Demario Douglas and Kaishun Botti making up the squad? Will Malik Cunningham make the team a third quarterback and keep Bill Belichick’s UDFA streak going? Will they make another trade for help along the offensive line?
We’ll have those answers in a few hours. Stay here for all of New England’s cuts and menu moves throughout the day.
1:42 PM: Tight end Anthony Firkser has been snapped, According to Mark Daniels.
1:18 PM: We have some clarity on the kicker! The job now belongs to rookie Chad Ryland, with the PatriotsFor the seventh round selection for the year 2025.
So New England will be counting on a rookie with a blossoming leg to put the ball in the post this season.
1:05 PM: And the offensive line will get major reinforcements soon. Calvin Anderson, who was NFI-listed all summer after signing with the team in the offseason, will be activated today and can begin training immediately, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound tackle has started in 12 of the 41 games he has appeared in for the Denver Broncos over the past three seasons. He has played 47 percent of Denver’s offensive snaps in 2022.
Anderson entering the field would be a welcome addition to New England’s offensive line that has struggled to stay healthy all summer. The 27-year-old will have to keep up with his new team’s pace and may need to get into the shape of the game, but the Patriots’ depth of tackle looks a lot better now than a few hours ago.
12:56 PM: We have our first clip today, as the Patriots cut ties with offensive lineman Chasen Hines, According to Doug Kaede of the Boston Herald.
Hines was named LSU’s sixth round draft pick in 2022, but spent a good portion of his first NFL training camp on the NFI roster. He was activated on August 8, but arrived at the IR on October 29 without playing a game.
He’s a candidate for the coaching staff, but it’s an interesting move given the current state of the Patriots’ offensive line.
10:57 AM: One player who will not be traded today is receiver Kendrick Bourne. The teams called about it, the Patriots shot them all down,.
8:05 AM: With Patriots outfielder Chad Ryland, Nick Folk’s time in New England is probably over. But New England appears to be looking to move the veteran rather than release him outright.
7:30 am: The Patriots cut two players on Monday: quarterback Trace McSorley and punter Corliss Whitman. The moves came on the heels of the 11 cuts the team made Sunday night:
DL Carl Davis Jr
LB Diego Fagot
DB Brad Hawkins Jr
T. Johnny Lumpkin
D.B. Quander Mosley
DB Rodney Rundle Jr
DL Justus Tafai
First mecha winterpool
TE Scotty Washington
LB Carson Wells
In addition to releasing these players, the Pats also traded running back Pierre Strong Jr. to the Browns for offensive tackle Tyrone Whitley Jr. In a separate move, New England picked up tackle Federian Lowe from the Vikings for a future draft pick.
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