One of the busiest weeks on the NFL calendar is upon us: by Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. ET, the league’s 32 franchises will need to have their rosters down from 80 to 53 players.
This means that hundreds of players are about to hit waivers and the open market over the next few hours. There will not only be plenty of releases, but also a lot of other transactions ranging from trades, to waiver-wire pickups, to free-agent signings, to players being moved to injury lists.
To not get lost in all the news coming in these days, we set up our annual New England Patriots roster cuts tracker.
Make sure to bookmark and regularly visit this page right here, where we will compile all the latest news, rumors and instant analysis here, and also count down to how many more players will have to be moved in order for the team to bring its squad under the regular-season threshold.
LB Nate Wieland: Waived
DT Daniel Ekuale: Placed on reserve/suspended
Patriots cutdown tracker
New England’s final nine roster moves have been announced to get the team below the 53-man threshold. Offensive lineman James Ferentz was released; offensive lineman Yasir Durant, tight ends Matt Sokol and Jalen Wydermyer, defensive tackle LaBryan Ray, safety Brad Hawkins and kicker Kristian Vizcaino were released; wide receiver Kristian Wilkerson was sent to injured reserve; defensive tackle Daniel Ekuale was sent to the reserve/suspension list. | Patriots roster count: 53
Another young Patriots players appears to have made the team. Undrafted rookie linebacker and core special teamer DaMarcus Mitchell will be on the initial active roster. | Source
It appears rookie defensive lineman Sam Roberts has also made the Patriots’ roster. The sixth-round draft pick will survive cutdowns and make the active squad. | Source
In a change of procedure, let’s go with a report about a player who did reportedly make the team: sophomore safety Joshuah Bledsoe will be on the 53-man roster. | Source
Kody Russey appeared to play himself into the roster conversation with a solid training camp and preseason, but he apparently did not enough to be kept on the active team. The undrafted rookie has been waived. | Source | Patriots roster count: 62
Despite a solid preseason performance, the Patriots are reportedly parting ways with Lil’Jordan Humphrey. The Patriots will reportedly release the wide receiver ahead of Tuesday’s roster cutdown deadline. | Source | Patriots roster count: 63
Just like Cameron McGrone, Tre Nixon also received plenty of offseason hype. And like the fellow 2021 draft pick, he too has now been cut: Nixon has been waived by the Patriots after not being able to carry the momentum from mandatory minicamp into the summer. | Source | Patriots roster count: 64
Bill Murray did all he could to make the Patriots’ roster: the former undrafted free agent moved from the defensive line to guard this summer to increase his value to the team. However, he has now been released. | Source | Patriots roster count: 65
So much for offseason hype: the Patriots have released second-year linebacker Cameron McGrone. The former fifth-round draft pick has shown some promise after missing virtually all of his 2021 rookie campaign, but it was apparently not enough to make the team. | Source | Patriots roster count: 66
The Patriots continue to clear out the backend of their roster: defensive tackle Jeremiah Pharms Jr. has been released. Pharms Jr. has had some solid moments in preseason, but not enough to make the. 53-man team. | Source | Patriots roster count: 67
Undrafted rookie linebacker Nate Wieland is the latest member of the Patriots to get waived on Tuesday. Wieland joined the Patriots in early August and saw relatively little action on defense in preseason. | Source | Patriots roster count: 68
New England has reportedly parted ways with wide receiver Josh Hammond. Hammond arrived in New England in late July, and was a long-shot to make the roster. | Source | Patriots roster count: 69
William Sherman becomes the latest Patriots player to be released. The second-year man will join fellow young offensive linemen Arlington Hambright and Drew Desjarlais on the waiver wire. | Source | Patriots roster count: 70
Three more players have reportedly been let go: core special teamer Justin Bethel, defensive lineman Henry Anderson, and running back J.J. Taylor. As opposed to Taylor, neither Bethel nor Anderson will have to clear waivers to enter free agency — increasing their chances of a return. | Source | Patriots roster count: 71
New England has released backup offensive lineman Arlington Hambright. Hambright joined the Patriots on a reserve/futures contract this offseason, and has had some encouraging moments in training camp. | Source | Patriots roster count: 74
The first member of New England’s rookie class has been released: running back Kevin Harris has been let go. | Source | Patriots roster count: 75
The Patriots have parted ways with offensive lineman Drew Desjarlais. A former CFL All-Star, Desjarlais arrived in New England earlier this offseason. | Source | Patriots roster count: 76
Veteran linebacker Harvey Langi will be released by the Patriots. Langi was on his second stint on the team, after originally arriving in New England as an undrafted free agent in 2017. | Source | Patriots roster count: 77
New England will part ways with veteran cornerback Terrance Mitchell. Mitchell joined the team as a free agent this year, but after opening training camp with the starters moved down the depth chart as of late. | Source | Patriots roster count: 78
New England has informed tight end Devin Asiasi of his release. A third-round pick by the Patriots in 2020, Asiasi played only a marginal role in his first two seasons with the team. | Source | Patriots roster count: 79
The Patriots parted ways with the following players ahead of the previous two cutdown deadlines to get from the 90- to the 80-man limit in place entering this week: CB Malcolm Butler (IR), CB Joejuan Williams (IR), P Jake Julien (cut), RB James White (retirement), S Jalen Elliott (cut), CB Devin Hafford (cut), TE Dalton Keene (cut), LB Ronnie Perkins (IR), OL Andrew Stueber (NFI).