NFL Roster Cuts: Patriots Will Cut Down to 75 This Afternoon

As you probably know, today is the first official roster cut down day for NFL teams, as teams must cut down to 75 players by the 4 PM deadline.  While a lot of teams have already trimmed their rosters down to 75, the Patriots have yet to do so.  With the team at the maximum 80 players, the Patriots will likely have to let five players go.

While the likely victims will be long shots for the roster such as rookie free agents, the team could choose to part ways with veterans whom they find unlikely to make the final roster, so that they may have time to find another team before the season begins.  The Patriots have made such moves in the past, and it would not surprise me to see them do so here.

Another interesting thing to note is that today is the last day that players with less than four accrued NFL seasons must pass through waivers before landing on injured reserve.  That means that a player such as Josh Barrett (whom the Broncos waived with the intent of placing on injured reserve, before the Patriots claimed him), would likely stay on the roster through tomorrow.  After that, the team could conceivably place him on injured reserve, thereby bringing the team down to 74 players.

So who do you think the team will let go of?  Consider this article an open thread for today's cuts.

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