In what has been a busy day for the New England Patriots organization, they finally get their roster down to a total of 53 players.
Of the 22 players released receiver Deion Branch, 11-year veteran and MVP of Super Bowl XXXIX, headlined the cuts. Other notable players released from the team include center Dan Koppen, who was one of the three lasting players from the New England Patriots first Super Bowl win, safeties Sergio Brown and James Ihedigbo and quarterback Brian Hoyer.
Other players who didn’t make the team include WR Jesse Holley, DL Marcus Harrison,OL Matt Kope, LB Niko Koutouvides, S Derrick Martin, LB Jeff Tarpinian, S Malcolm Williams, FB Eric Kettani, DL Aaron LAvarias, TE Alex Silvestro and WR Kerry Taylor.
As far as players who entered the league this year whether via draft or as a rookie free agent, WR Jeremy Ebert, OL Derek Dennis, TE Tyler Urban, OL Dustin Waldron, OL Jeremiah Warren and OL Darrion Weems.
Outside of players whom were cut, the second biggest news coming out of the Patriots camp was that rookie running back Jeff Demps, most known for competing in the Olympics, has been placed on injured reserved. Demps was removed from the final preseason game against the New York Giants due to a league injury which led to a precautionary MRI.
This move to place Demps on injured reserve may be a way of showing the rookie that he will remain on the team for time to come as the running back position is jam-packed from top to bottom.
Do not be taken by surprise if you see some of these names return, as the Patriots will most likely add a few of these released players to their practice squad.