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Patriots roster cuts begin: New England releases OT Keavon Milton

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With the 26-year old gone, the Patriots now have 79 players on their roster.

Happy cutdown day! Well, at least for us, who are not directly or indirectly affected by the NFL’s roster cuts down to 75. The New England Patriots have already made the majority of their moves as the roster stood at 80 entering today.

Now, according to Jeff Howe, the team has apparently made its first move:

Patriots cut Keavon Milton, per source.

Offensive tackle Keavon Milton originally joined the Patriots via their practice squad in November 2015, after stints with the New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks. Milton signed a one-year futures contract in January and competed for a backup spot this summer.

However, the 26-year old offensive lineman was a longshot to make the team. Even starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer reportedly being placed on injured reserve did not improve Milton’s standing on the bottom of the Patriots’ offensive tackle depth chart. The three-year veteran might still return to the team, though, as he is still practice squad eligible.

Due to the move, the Patriots now have 79 players on their roster.