UPDATE (8:36 p.m.): Here’s a full list of the Patriots’ moves as they whittled their roster to 53 players.
DE Mikey Bart
LB Trevor Bates
WR Austin Carr
TE Sam Cotton
RB LeShun Daniels
G Jamil Douglas
LB Brooks Ellis
C James Ferentz
RB D.J. Foster
DE Geneo Grissom
FB Glenn Gronkowski
WR Cody Hollister
S David Jones
G Ted Karras
DT Darius Kilgo
G Jason King
CB William Likely
WR K.J. Maye
OT Conor McDermott
CB Kenny Moore
TE James O’Shaughnessy
OT Max Rich
S Jason Thompson
S Damarius Travis
LB Nick Usher
WR Tony Washington
RB Brandon Bolden
LB Jonathan Freeny
DT Josh Augusta
DT Woodrow Hamilton
CB D.J. Killings
WR Devin Lucien
WR Julian Edelman
CB Cyrus Jones
DE Derek Rivers
OT Antonio Garcia
DE Keionta Davis
OT Andrew Jelks
UPDATE (8:24 p.m.): The Patriots waived RB LeShun Daniels, LB Brooks Ellis, C James Ferentz, DT Woodrow Hamilton, G Ted Karras, DT Darius Kilgo, CB Will Likely, WR Devin Lucien and OT Conor McDermott.
Augusta, Hamilton, Killings and Lucien were waived/injured. They will revert to injured reserve if they clear waivers.
The Patriots placed WR Julian Edelman, DE Derek Rivers and CB Cyrus Jones on injured reserve.
They placed rookie OT Antonio Garcia on non-football illness.
They placed DE Keionta Davis on non-football injury.
UPDATE (7:12 p.m.): Offensive lineman Cole Croston, who was on the roster bubble, has made the Patriots’ initial 53-man roster, according to his aunt.
Here’s further confirmation.
UPDATE (6:42 p.m.): The Patriots are releasing running back Brandon Bolden, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates. Bolden could be re-signed later if the Patriots place any players on injured reserve Sunday. Players who are placed on IR on Saturday cannot return this season. Players who are placed on IR on Sunday can return after eight weeks. So, the Patriots might have to make temporary cuts if they intend to place a player like rookie offensive tackle Antonio Garcia on IR. The Patriots have 12 cuts to go. They should be announced shortly.
UPDATE (5:33 p.m.): It sounds like linebacker Harvey Langi will make the Patriots’ initial 53-man roster. The official list of cuts should be out soon.
UPDATE (5:03 p.m.): The Patriots reportedly acquired DE Cassius Marsh in a trade with the Seahawks. We’re back up to 13 cuts to go.
UPDATE (4:39 p.m.): The Patriots waived DE Geneo Grissom, a source told NESN.com. That means the Patriots only are going into the season with Trey Flowers, Deatrich Wise and Adam Butler as traditional defensive ends.
UPDATE (4:22 p.m.): The Patriots waived TE James O’Shaughnessy, a source told the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe. Hollister beat him out.
UPDATE (4:15 p.m.): The Patriots are waiving WR Austin Carr, a source told NESN.com. Rookie tight end Jacob Hollister is initially making the team, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported.
UPDATE (4:10 p.m.): The Patriots waived LB Nick Usher, a source told NESN.com.
UPDATE (4:07 p.m.): The Patriots waived S David Jones, a source told NESN.com. They now have 16 more moves to make.
UPDATE (3:54 p.m.): The Patriots waived WR Cody Hollister, a source told NESN.com. No word on his brother, tight end Jacob Hollister yet.
UPDATE (3:48 p.m.): The Patriots waived S Damarius Travis, a source told NESN.com. They have 18 more cuts to go.
UPDATE (3:36 p.m.): The Patriots are waiving cornerback Kenny Moore and guard Jamil Douglas, sources told NESN.com. They have 19 more cuts to make.
UPDATE (3:29 p.m.): As expected, the Patriots are placing offensive tackle Andrew Jelks on non-football injury/reserve, per source.
The Patriots also are waiving cornerback D.J. Killings, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported. They now have 21 moves to go.
UPDATE (3:27 p.m.): The Patriots also waived running back D.J. Foster, according to a source.
UPDATE (3:16 p.m.): The Patriots waived LB Trevor Bates and WR K.J. Maye, sources tell NESN.com.
UPDATE (2:27 p.m.): The Patriots reportedly traded quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Colts for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. The Patriots still need to make 24 cuts to get down to 53 players.
UPDATE (1:41 p.m.): The Patriots waived defensive tackle Josh Augusta with an injury designation, a source told NESN.com. If he clears waivers, he’ll revert to injured reserve. Augusta could eventually be released with an injury settlement. The Patriots must make 24 more moves.
UPDATE (12:45 p.m.): The Patriots reportedly acquired cornerback Johnson Bademosi from the Lions for a 2019 sixth-round draft pick. The Patriots now must make 25 cuts before 4 p.m.
UPDATE (Saturday, 10:55 a.m.): Welcome to cutdown day. The New England Patriots must trim their roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. ET.
Here’s a recap of the cuts the Patriots made Friday:
Linebacker Jonathan Freeny
Linebacker Michael Bart
Safety Jason Thompson
Tight end Sam Cotton
Fullback Glenn Gronkowski
Offensive lineman Jason King
Offensive lineman Max Rich
The Patriots also traded cornerback Justin Coleman to the Seattle Seahawks. Wide receiver Julian Edelman, Derek Rivers and cornerback Cyrus Jones all are headed to injured reserve.
UPDATE (7:18 p.m.): The Patriots released linebacker Jonathan Freeny, a source told The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin. To recap, Freeny, fullback Glenn Gronkowski, offensive linemen Jason King and Max Rich, linebacker Michael Bart, safety Jason Thompson and tight end Sam Cotton have been cut. Wide receiver Julian Edelman, defensive end Derek Rivers and cornerback Cyrus Jones are headed to injured reserve. Offensive tackle Andrew Jelks and defensive end Keionta Davis could begin the season on the non-football injury list. Cornerback Justin Coleman was traded to the Seahawks.
That leaves the Patriots with 24 cuts or moves to go before they reach their 53-man roster limit.
UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): The Patriots released safety Jason Thompson, a source told NESN.com. The Patriots have 25 cuts to go.
UPDATE (4:56 p.m.): The Patriots released offensive tackle Max Rich, a source told the Providence Journal’s Mark Daniels.
UPDATE (4:37 p.m.): The Patriots have released guard Jason King and linebacker Michael Bart, sources told NESN.com. They also released tight end Sam Cotton, according to a source.
ORIGINAL STORY: The New England Patriots reportedly are starting their roster cuts, which must be made by Saturday at 4 p.m., early.
The Patriots waived fullback Glenn Gronkowski, a source with knowledge of the release told NESN.com. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news.
Glenn is star tight end Rob Gronkowski’s youngest brother. He had little chance of making the Patriots’ roster with James Develin ahead of him on the depth chart.
The Patriots now are down to 88 players on their active roster after waiving Gronkowski and trading cornerback Justin Coleman. They will place defensive end Derek Rivers, wide receiver Julian Edelman and cornerback Cyrus Jones on injured reserve, and offensive tackle Andrew Jelks and defensive end Keionta Davis likely will begin the season on non-football injury/reserve list, creating five more spots. So, the Patriots have at least 30 more cuts to go before they reach their 53-man roster limit.
We’ll be tracking the Patriots’ cuts throughout the weekend here with up-to-the minute updates.
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