The New England Patriots have set their first 53-man roster and have begun to establish their practice squad.
As of 12 p.m. ET Sunday, the claiming deadline for players with less than four years of experience on their résumés has passed. Those players have been let go over the last two days and are now subject to the waiver wire. Last year, New England lost three of their previously released players through waivers. For more on the waiver wire, please click here.
Effective 1 p.m. ET Sunday, the Patriots are cleared to add 10 players who will serve both as a scout team for the regular season and as depth in case of injury. Most of their released players are potential candidates to be added to the 10-man squad (11 if roster-exempt international player Jakob Johnson is counted as well). For more on the practice squad, please click here.
In order to stay on top of all the moves New England will make over the next few hours, please make sure to follow our up-to-the-minute tracker below.
Patriots practice squad signings
LB Calvin Munson
OT Tyree St. Louis
LB Terez Hall
TE Stephen Anderson
DE Gerri Green (Indianapolis Star)
DT Nick Thurman
DT Ufomba Kamalu
FB Jakob Johnson
OT Dan Skipper
G Colby Gossett
G Najee Toran
Patriots waiver wire claims
New England was awarded no players waived Friday or Saturday.
Patriots waiver wire/free agency losses
WR Braxton Berrios: claimed by New York Jets
TE Andrew Beck: claimed by Denver Broncos
DE Trent Harris: claimed by Miami Dolphins
CB Ken Webster: claimed by Miami Dolphins
LB Christian Sam: signing to Miami Dolphins’ practice squad (Palm Beach Post)
TE Eric Saubert: signing to Oakland Raiders’ practice squad
QB Brian Hoyer: signing to Indianapolis Colts’ 53-man roster
Braxton Berrios, a sixth-round pick in 2018, is staying in the AFC East. ESPN’s Field Yates first shared shortly after noon that the Jets have claimed the recent Patriots wideout. The NFL transaction wire confirmed Berrios’ exit for East Rutherford.
Rookie tight end Andrew Beck, who garnered the highest guarantee among New England’s undrafted signings this spring, is heading to the Broncos, as 9News’ Mike Klis reported. Denver will inherit the $100,000 guarantee in Beck’s base salary.
The former Patriots contingent now with the Dolphins claimed two players from Foxborough. Edge-rusher Trent Harris and rookie seventh-round cornerback Ken Webster are joining head coach Brian Flores’ roster, as TheMMQB’s Albert Breer detailed. Harris led the Miami Hurricanes in sacks as a senior, and spent all of 2018 on New England’s practice squad.
A total of 19 players who were waived by New England on Saturday went unclaimed.
As Jeff Howe of The Athletic first reported, linebacker Calvin Munson has signed to the Patriots’ practice squad after clearing waivers. Munson joined New England’s scout team last October and remained up through Super Bowl LIII. He previously recorded 60 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble as an undrafted rookie in 2017. Munson is one of a potential four exceptions for New England’s practice squad as he’s logged two accrued seasons.
Rookie offensive tackle Tyree St. Louis has joined New England’s practice squad, as Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reported. St. Louis signed as an undrafted free agent out of Miami in the spring.
Former Missouri linebacker Terez Hall will remain in New England as part of the practice squad, as first reported by NESN’s Doug Kyed. Hall signed as a UDFA, and started the Patriots’ preseason finale.
Tight end Stephen Anderson, who joined the Patriots’ practice squad last September, will rejoin the 10-man fold, Doug Kyed first reported. Anderson caught 36 passes over his first two NFL seasons, and was promoted to New England’s active roster for January’s postseason. Like Munson, he’s an accrued exception for the practice squad.
Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star reports the Patriots are signing defensive end Gerri Green to the practice squad. Green, a 2019 sixth-round pick of the Colts, arrived out of Mississippi State. He was selected No. 199 overall.
Defensive lineman Nick Thurman has signed onto the Patriots’ practice squad, as Mark Daniels reported. Thurman, an undrafted free agent in 2018, joined the 90-man roster following this year’s draft and recorded seven tackles and a half-sack in August.
Fellow defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu is remaining with the Patriots on the practice squad, agent David Canter announced. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound Kamalu signed to the Patriots’ scout team midway through 2018 and was elevated to the 53-man roster in December, entering into two contests. He joins Munson and Anderson in the exception tier.
Aforementioned fullback Jakob Johnson, an 11th man for 2019 as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program, and offensive tackle Dan Skipper round out Sunday’s initial practice squad. Both had their signings processed with the league prior to the 6 p.m. ET wire, and both were on the field for the first official Patriots practice of Week 1.
Elsewhere, unclaimed linebacker Christian Sam is signing with the Dolphins’ practice squad, a source told Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. Sam was drafted No. 178 overall in 2018 by New England, and the Arizona State Sun Devil spent his rookie season on injured reserve.
A recent conditional trade acquisition, Eric Saubert, is heading to the Raiders’ practice squad, The Athletic’s Nick Underhill reported Sunday. Oakland has announced the tight end’s addition Monday.
Vested veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer, who visited the Colts over Labor Day weekend, has agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth $12 million, as first reported by SiriusXM Radio’s Adam Caplan. Hoyer joins 2016 Patriots third-rounder Jacoby Brissett in the Indianapolis QB room. Rookie Jarrett Stidham assumes his No. 2 place in New England’s.
The Patriots are making a move at wide receiver: according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team re-signed recently released Demaryius Thomas and placed wide receiver N’Keal Harry on injured reserve.
According to reports from Gillette Stadium, Gerri Green, Colby Gossett and Najee Toran have lockers set up — an indication that they have been added to the practice squad.