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Traded and claimed: Revisiting six of the Patriots’ Labor Day exits after Week 1

Between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, New England traded two players and saw another four claimed off waivers.

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Labor Day weekend saw the New England Patriots trade two players away and have another four claimed off the NFL waiver wire.

Those half-dozen Patriots departures can now be found between the active rosters of the Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins.

And with Week 1 of the regular season in the rearview, it’s time to check back in with them.


Broncos cornerback Duke Dawson – Acquired by Denver a day after picking off a pass in New England’s preseason finale, Dawson made his official NFL debut Monday night. Against the Oakland Raiders, the 2018 second-round pick out of Florida played 10 snaps on special teams for the Broncos after not seeing a snap as a rookie.

Texans cornerback Keion Crossen A seventh-rounder from a spring ago, Crossen was among the Houston’s 46 actives on Monday. The former Western Carolina corner and gunner played five snaps on defense and 15 on special teams against the New Orleans Saints. Crossen recorded one tackle in the process.


Jets wide receiver Braxton Berrios Berrios was also active in his first week elsewhere. The 2018 sixth-rounder returned a free kick 10 yards on Sunday. Berrios, a Miami alum who resided on injured reserve as a rookie, saw four plays in the Jets’ kicking game versus the Buffalo Bills. He’s now joined by recent teammate Demaryius Thomas in the wideout room.

Broncos tight end Andrew Beck Beck had received $115,000 guaranteed from New England between his base salary and signing bonus as an undrafted free agent. The fullback-slash-end by way of the Texas Longhorns was in for one snap on offense and five on special teams for the Broncos on Monday.

Dolphins defensive end Trent Harris Harris, who originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2018, was inactive due to a foot injury last Sunday versus the Baltimore Ravens. The Hurricanes product logged all of his rookie season on New England’s practice squad before landing in Miami with head coach Brian Flores and Co.

Dolphins cornerback Ken WebsterPicked No. 252 overall by the Patriots this April, Webster finds himself residing on Miami’s active roster, as well. And like Harris, the ex-Ole Miss cornerback was inactive for the season opener. That could change next weekend against the team that drafted him.


Beyond the aforementioned six, the likes of quarterback Brian Hoyer, offensive tackle Tyree St. Louis, tight end Eric Saubert and linebacker Christian Sam are all under contract elsewhere now after being part of the cutdown to 53.

Hoyer signed a three-year pact with the Indianapolis Colts on Labor Day. St. Louis is in Indianapolis, too, as part of the practice squad after being released from New England’s this past week. And Saubert and Sam are with the scout teams of the Oakland Raiders and Dolphins, respectively.