Patriots Roster Cuts: 21 and Counting

Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots have reportedly released another 11 players this morning, putting their roster at 54 players in the hours preceding the 6:00 PM ET deadline to get to 53. All the moves are recapped here!

The cuts for the New England Patriots keep coming in -- which makes it a great time to go through and analyze the team's cuts.  Here's what we have so far:

Yesterday, the team announced the release of ten players:

TE Jake Ballard: Never fully back to speed following microfracture surgery.

TE Daniel Fells: Beat out by Michael Hoomanawanui, similar costs.

DE Marcus Bernard: Mild surprise, as he had made some momentum in training camp.

WR Johnathan Haggerty: Long shot at wide receiver.

LB Mike Rivera: Made roster initially last year, could be brought back at some point

OL Luke Patterson: Long shot along the interior offensive line

FB Ben Bartholomew: 2nd fullback behind James Develin

DL Gilbert Pena: Recent pick-up was a longshot

OL Matt Stankiewitch: Could be a practice squad candidate

DL Scott Vallone: RFA who was buried on depth chart, was a longshot

And today, the reported cuts have been coming in fast and furious.  Here's who we have stories on so far:

QB Tim Tebow

P Zoltan Mesko

DE Jermaine Cunningham

DL Justin Francis, DT Marcus Forston, LB Ja'Gared Davis, DB Kannoris Davis

There have also been a few cuts that we have yet to write about but have been reported by various news outlets.  These players are:

RB George Winn: Ran hard in preseason finale, a definite practice squad candidate with upside

WR Quentin Sims: Played well throughout training camp, broke out in preseason finale with two touchdowns. Practice squad candidate.

OL Josh Kline: Developmental lineman also a practice squad candidate

CB Justin Green: Flashed at times in training camp, yet another practice squad candidate

That's 21 cuts for the Patriots since yesterday, meaning that, assuming I haven't missed anything (which is certainly possible), the Patriots have one more more to make before 6:00 PM ET to get to 53.  Of course, the moves won't stop there, but they'll have to get to 53 nonetheless.

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