Patriots rumor roundup: Here’s who won’t make New England’s 53-man roster

The league's official cutdown date is Saturday at 4 p.m.

Bill Belichick chats with Nick Caserio.

The deadline for NFL teams to cut their roster down to 53 players is 4 p.m. Saturday.

“You take all of the things into consideration that you possibly can and just try to make the best decisions for your team,” coach Bill Belichick said in a conference call Friday morning. “There’s a lot of considerations — long-term, short-term, depth, the next game, games later in the year, next year. You just try to do the best you can to balance it out.”

Here are the Patriots’ latest moves:

This post will be updated. 

Saturday, August 31

  • The Patriots placed guard Hjalte Froholdt and safety Malik Gant on injured reserve. Froholdt, a Denmark native and 2019 fourth-round draft pick, exited Thursday’s preseason game with an arm injury. Gant, an undrafted free agent out of Marshall, also exited the game, getting carted off the field with a right leg injury.
  • The Patriots waived cornerback Ken Webster, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Webster was drafted out of Ole Miss with the 252nd overall pick in April and is eligible for the practice squad.
  • Defensive end Derek Rivers has been placed on injured reserve and will be out for the year, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss. A 2017 third-round draft pick, Rivers also missed his rookie season with a torn ACL. He played in six games last season, logging one sack and two tackles.
  • The Patriots placed center David Andrews on injured reserve, ESPN’s Field Yates reported, meaning he will miss the entirety of the upcoming season. Andrews was recently hospitalized due to blood clots in his lungs.
  • Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas has been released, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Thomas, 31, signed with the Patriots in April and has spent much of the offseason/preseason recovering from a torn Achilles. He had quite the showing in his debut last Thursday against the New York Giants, catching seven passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
  • The Patriots released running back Nick Brossette, according to the Houston Chronicle‘s Aaron Wilson. Brossette, 23, played in all four preseason games, tallying 65 carries for 200 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
  • After informing wide receiver/punt returner Gunner Olszewski earlier in the day he was going to be released, the Patriots have changed their minds, according to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi. The initial plan was to sign Olszewski to the practice squad if he cleared waivers, but he will instead be a member of the 53-man roster. A fan favorite out of Div. II Bemidji State, Olszewski played cornerback in college.
  • The Patriots are trading cornerback Keion Crossen to the Houston Texans, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported. Cornerback is a particularly deep position for New England, with Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, Jonathan Jones, JC Jackson, and 2019 second-round draft pick Joejuan Williams.
  • The Patriots waived linebacker Terez Hall, per The Athletic‘s Nick Underhill.
  • The Patriots released quarterback Brian Hoyer, according to NFL insider Adam Caplan, which means fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham will be Tom Brady’s lone backup this season. Rumblings that Hoyer would be cut started when he did not play in the third preseason game.
  • Linebacker Scooby Wright III has been waived, per NESN’s Doug Kyed. Wright signed with the Patriots in August after a stint with the Arizona Hotshots of the now-defunct AAF. He is eligible for the practice squad.
  • The Patriots released 6-foot-10, 320-pound offensive tackle Dan Skipper, according to NESN’s Doug Kyed. Skipper is eligible for the practice squad.
  • The Patriots released defensive lineman Nick Thurman, according to multiple reports. Thurman is eligible for the practice squad.
  • Linebacker Calvin Munson has been released, according to multiple reports. Munson was a member of the practice squad last season and is eligible to return.
  • Tight end Eric Saubert has been released, according to The Athletic‘s Nick Underhill. The Patriots traded for the 25-year-old Saubert earlier in August, in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick.
  • The Patriots released defensive tackle Ufomba Kamalu, per NESN’s Doug Kyed. Kamalu appeared in two regular-season games last season, recording one tackle for a loss.
  • Tight end Stephen Anderson has been waived, according to multiple reports. Anderson, 26, was signed to the practice squad last September and is eligible to return.
  • The Patriots waived wide receiver Braxton Berrios, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The 23-year-old played in three preseason games this year, recording three catches on four targets for 45 yards. Drafted 210th overall in 2018, Berrios spent all of last season on injured reserve. He is eligible to be signed to the practice squad.

Friday, August 30

  • Linebacker Christian Sam and offensive tackle Martez Ivey were both released, according to The Athletic‘s Nick Underhill. Sam was selected with the 178th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, while Ivey was signed in July as an undrafted free agent out of Florida. Sam was placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury in September. He is eligible for the practice squad.
  • The Patriots released wide receiver Damoun Patterson, NESN’s Doug Kyed reported. Patterson was a member of New England’s practice squad last season and is eligible to return this year.
  • Offensive lineman Tyler Gauthier has been released, per the Providence Journal‘s Mark Daniels. An undrafted free agent out of Miami, Gauthier marks the third O-line cut of the day.
  • The Patriots waived safety A.J. Howard, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Howard was on New England’s practice squad during the playoffs last season and is once again a candidate to return to the 10-man squad this year.
  • The Patriots waived fullback/tight end Andrew Beck, despite giving him the second-highest guarantee ($100,000) among all undrafted free agents, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
  • Offensive tackle Cedrick Lang has been released, per NESN’s Doug Kyed. After spending the entire 2018-19 season on injured reserve with the Minnesota Vikings, Lang signed with the Patriots in April.
  • Offensive lineman Tyree St. Louis has been released, according to multiple reports. St. Louis was a longshot to make the roster, especially after the Patriots signed offensive linemen Korey Cunningham and Jermaine Eluemunor on Thursday.
  • The Patriots released 22-year-old wide receiver Ryan Davis, according to The Athletic‘s Nick Underhill. An undrafted free agent out of Auburn, Davis was unable to find his footing in a crowded wide receiver room.
  • The Patriots released defensive tackle David Parry, according to multiple reports. Parry, 27, signed a reserve/future contract with the team in January.
  • The Patriots are cornerback Duke Dawson to the Denver Broncos, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday morning. Dawson, drafted 56th overall in 2018, has yet to make his NFL debut due to a hamstring injury. He played in all four preseason games this year, registering three tackles and one interception. The competition in the secondary was steep, with fellow 2018 draft pick Keion Crossen also battling for a spot.