The New England Patriots were required to trim their roster to 53 players by Saturday at 4 p.m. They took it one step further and kept just 52 players.
Here’s how the Patriots’ first roster looks after Saturday’s cuts.
Italics indicates rookie
* indicates undrafted free agent
The Patriots cut rookie Danny Etling, who should pass through waivers and onto the practice squad.
RUNNING BACKS (5)
FB James Develin
Despite being held out of the fourth preseason game, Mike Gillislee didn’t make the cut. The Patriots are fine at this position unless injuries to Burkhead or Michel linger.
The Patriots cut Brandon Bolden. They could elect to re-sign him Sunday after Izzo goes to injured reserve.
WIDE RECEIVERS (4)
The Patriots kept just three full-time receivers. Matthew Slater is mostly a special-teams player. Expect them to scour the waiver wire or make a trade to add a fifth body to this room.
TIGHT ENDS (4)
Izzo is expected to be placed on injured reserve Sunday. He’ll be eligible to return at midseason.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (7)
The Patriots went way light on the offensive line. They’ll likely look to add another player before the season begins next Sunday.
DEFENSIVE TACKLES (4)
The Patriots cut 2016 third-round pick Vincent Valentine to keep around Butler, a second-year interior pass rusher.
DEFENSIVE ENDS (6)
Grissom was a surprise inclusion. He’s a top special-teams player and saw looks at linebacker this summer. Davis is a good story after missing his rookie season with a neck injury.
Kyle Van Noy
The Patriots cut Marquis Flowers to keep around Grigsby. They also released edge defender Harvey Langi, who is expected to catch on the practice squad if he clears waivers.
The Patriots kept both rookie cornerbacks in Crossen and Jackson. Both players showed upside this summer.
The McCourty twins both make the roster as safeties. Jason also adds depth at cornerback.
P Ryan Allen
LS Joe Cardona
K Stephen Gostkowski
Rookie Corey Bojorquez was cut for Allen.
OT Ulrick John
WR Cody Hollister
*WR Darren Andrews
WR Braxton Berrios
OT Isaiah Wynn
LB Christian Sam
Berrios, Wynn and Sam all were 2018 draft picks. Izzo, another 2018 draft pick, should join this list Sunday.
WR Julian Edelman (four games)
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