Training camp is 4½ weeks old. It’s time to meet the Turk.
The Turk is the nickname given to the team employee, usually a low-level staffer, who greets players at the door on cutdown day and instructs them to meet with the head coach in his office, playbook in hand.
If you get tapped by the Turk, your football career is about to hit a snag, or end.
The Patriots, currently at 84 players, have to get down to 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday. They’ll play their final exhibition game Thursday at the Giants, then have to cut down to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Patriots have 18 or 19 starting spots settled and most of their roster spots locked up, but Bill Belichick and his staff will have some tough decisions to round out their 53.
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