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Patriots release final two players to reach the 53-man roster limit

A summary of all the Patriots roster moves over the past 24 hours.

The New England Patriots have officially announced all 20 roster cuts required to meet the 53-man roster limit. The final two releases are TE Bryce Williams and DT Joe Vellano.

Here is the final breakdown of the roster moves to get the Patriots from the 75-man roster to the 53-man roster.


QB Tom Brady, ED Rob Ninkovich


RB Tyler Gaffney, Joey Iosefa

WR Aaron Dobson, Keshawn Martin, DeAndre Carter, Chris Harper, Devin Lucien

TE Bryce Williams

OL Chris Barker, Jon Halapio

ED Geneo Grissom, Rufus Johnson

DT Markus Kuhn, Joe Vellano, Woodrow Hamilton

LB Kevin Snyder, Kamu Grugier-Hill

CB Darryl Roberts, Cre’Von LeBlanc

S Vinnie Sunseri

The interesting fall out is with the players that made the team.

Rookie running back D.J. Foster has made the team, as have both tight ends Clay Harbor and AJ Derby. Offensive linemen Cameron Fleming and Ted Karras both made the squad, too.

On defense, defensive tackle Anthony Johnson won the final battle, while linebacker Elandon Roberts did enough to get the final spot on the team ahead of Grugier-Hill. Cornerback Jonathan Jones is the last man standing of an extremely tough cornerback battle against LeBlanc and Roberts.

Congratulations to all of the players that have made the Patriots opening roster, and good luck to those trying to land on another team- and possibly the Patriots’ practice squad.