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2018 Patriots roster cuts: New England keeps Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, Keion Crossen on its 53-man roster

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The three defensive backs have made the team.

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Over the course of the summer, cornerback established itself as arguably the most competitive position on the New England Patriots’ roster. Multiple players were fighting for spots on the team behind roster locks Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe and second-round rookie Duke Dawson. It now looks like three of the team’s offseason acquisitions have made the cut and will start 2018 on the team via multiple reports:

CB Jason McCourty

CB J.C. Jackson

CB Keion Crossen

The Patriots added McCourty via trade earlier this offseason, invested a day three draft selection in Crossen, and signed Jackson as an undrafted rookie. Now, all three will compete for playing time on the Patriots’ 53-man roster.

McCourty has shown positional versatility over the past two preseason games and will be able to serve as a depth option at cornerback and safety, while both Crossen and Jackson had some very good moments during training camp and the preseason.