With the New England Patriots’ initial 53-man roster set, all eyes now turn to the practice squad and waiver wire.
As of 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the claiming deadline for players with less than four accrued seasons on their respective résumés will pass. Players that have been let go over the last two days are now subject to waivers — including 20 now-former Patriots. All of them could, in theory be scooped up by other clubs.
The Patriots can soon begin adding up to 16 players to their practice squad as both a scout team for the regular season and as emergency depth in case of injury. Given the current practice squad rules that allow teams to bring back up to six players regardless of their experience, all of the 24 players that were cut on Tuesday are potential candidates to be brought back again through the developmental roster.
In order to stay on top of all the moves New England will make over the next few hours, please make sure to bookmark and regularly revisit our up-to-the-minute tracker below.
Patriots practice squad signings
CB Terrance Mitchell
OL James Ferentz
WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey
DT LaBryan Ray
LB Cameron McGrone
C Kody Russey
TE Matt Sokol
RB Kevin Harris
RB J.J. Taylor
WR Tre Nixon
LB Harvey Langi
TE Jalen Wydermyer
DT Jeremiah Pharms Jr.
S Brad Hawkins
OL Bill Murray
WR Lynn Bowden Jr.
Patriots waiver wire claims/losses
TE Devin Asiasi: Claimed by Cincinnati Bengals
The Patriots will fill out their practice squad by signing wide receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. A former third-round draft pick by the Las Vegas Raiders, Bowden Jr. was one of the most versatile players in the 2020 draft. | Source
Former Patriots offensive lineman William Sherman, who was let go on Tuesday, will join the Denver Broncos’ practice squad. | Source
The Patriots have officially announced their initial practice squad, and that they have signed all the players spotted at practice — except mystery lineman No. 68. The practice squad therefore stands at 15 out of 16 spots now. | Patriots practice squad count: 15
It appears the Patriots have added several other players to their practice squad. Besides the already reported players, running backs J.J. Taylor and Kevin Harris, wide receiver Tre Nixon, tight end Matt Sokol, offensive lineman James Ferentz, defensive tackle LaBryan Ray, cornerback Terrance Mitchell and safety Brad Hawkins were spotted at practice. It seems liked that all of them joined the practice squad, just like a mystery offensive lineman wearing the No. 68 jersey.
After clearing waivers, linebacker Harvey Langi will be the latest player to sign with the Patriots practice squad. Langi provides versatility at the linebacker position and has been proven special teams contributor throughout his Patriots’ career. | Source | Patriots practice squad count: 7
One of the most improved players of the summer, offensive lineman Kody Russey will sign with New England’s practice squad. The UDFA will look to continue to develop along the interior of the offensive line. | Source | Patriots practice squad count: 6
With Devin Asiasi being claimed by Cincinnati, New England signed fellow tight end Jalen Wydermyer to it’s practice squad. Despite signing with the club just over two weeks ago, Wydermyer’s potential made him an intriguing candidate. | Source | Patriots practice squad count: 5
The Patriots added some much needed wide receiver help to their practice squad by signing Lil’Jordan Humphrey. The preseason standout cleared waivers and could be counted on on the rather quickly as the active roster has just six healthy pass catchers. | Source | Patriots practice squad count: 4
Jeremiah Pharms Jr. will become the latest player to join the Patriots practice squad. The undrafted free agent, who originally tried to enter the league back in 2020, had some solid moments this preseason. | Source | Patriots practice squad count: 3
The Patriots will sign offensive lineman Bill Murray to their practice. Murray moved from defensive to offense this offseason and showed some promise in his first extended action as a blocker; the practice squad is a natural destination for him. | Source | Patriots practice squad count: 2
Now that he cleared waivers, New England is expected to sign linebacker Cameron McGrone to its practice squad. McGrone was competing for a backup spot at linebacker this summer but lost out to Jahlani Tavai for the fourth spot on the depth chart. | Source | Patriots practice squad count: 1
The Bengals were awarded tight end Devin Asiasi off waivers from New England, per the NFL transaction wire. The 2020 third-round draft choice out of UCLA appeared in 10 games across two regular seasons with the Patriots, catching two passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. He marks the organization’s lone loss on Wednesday via claim.