The New England Patriots are under the NFL’s 53-man roster limit. In fact, the team has elected to carry only 52 men on its current squad, which means that there will be more moves coming over the next few hours to finalize the roster heading into the regular season.
In order to get to the limit, the Patriots announced that the following players have been released in addition to the ones that have already been reported:
OL Cole Croston
RB Kenneth Farrow
OL James Ferentz
DT Trent Harris
FB Henry Poggi
OL Brian Schwenke
The biggest name on this list is offensive lineman Cole Croston, who was kept on the 53-man team last year as a versatile depth piece. However, it seems as if the team has elected to keep only three offensive tackles around for now: starters Trent Brown and Marcus Cannon, and top backup LaAdrian Waddle.
Furthermore, New England has placed to additional players on injured reserve:
OL Isaiah Wynn
LB Christian Sam
While Wynn was expected to get moved to injured reserve, Sam is a bit of a surprise since there were no reports of him suffering an injury. Still, his season is now over: as both players were moved to injured reserve before the cutdown deadline, they cannot be reactivated during the season.
Finally, the Patriots have also placed wide receiver Julian Edelman on the reserve/suspended list. The veteran will miss the first four games of the season and not count against the 53-man roster limit.