New England Patriots Links 8/27/12 - First Wave of Cuts Hit Today; 53-Man Limit By Friday

Stevan Ridley grabs hold of the starting running back spot.

Matthew Slater talks about cut down time this week, the stress that comes with it and how he has handled it.

It's definitely a tough time because you know the reality is you have to get from a certain amount of players down to 53. What I learned early In my career is not to think about and just go out and continue to do my job and try to focus on what I had to do. Really, at the end of the day, if I put forth my best effort, that was all I could control. It’s tough worrying about things that you can’t control because it can consume you. I just learned not to play the numbers game and just go out and try to take advantage of each and every day that you have hear and hope for the best from there.

There’s a little bit of stress that comes with that, but I think every day around here is an up-tempo, tense day. We have to have sense of urgency every day around here because we have a lot of things to improve upon and a lot of things to get done. Obviously we understand what time of year it is and what happens, but that’s part of the game and we can't do anything about that to change it.

It is challenging and that’s one of the tougher parts of this game: you work alongside guys and guys come and go. We understand that that’s part of the business we signed up for, but that doesn't make it easy, by any means. It is a challenge to stay mentally strong through these times and move forward. But we have to realize the end goal and realize that we're privileged to be a part of this and it's very special and we’ve been blessed to be a part of this. We just have to take advantage of every day we have together and every day we have as a team to move forward.

Julian Benbow reports the Patriots have released DL Gerard Warren, S Josh Barrett and DB Ross Ventrone.

With injuries hindering him throughout training camp, hurting his chances of making the team, the Patriots released veteran defensive tackle Gerard Warren, along with defensive backs Josh Barrett and Ross Ventrone, on Sunday.

The deadline to trim rosters to 75 players is Monday at 4 p.m., and after making those subtractions the Patriots are at 82.

Teams will have to pare their rosters to 53 by Friday at 9 p.m., and the stress among the players in the locker room still fighting for spots — and the even ones who aren’t — is evident.

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