Patriots release quarterback Cody Kessler

Cody Kessler signed, cut, then re-signed for the 2019 season.
Cody Kessler signed, cut, then re-signed for the 2019 season.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

The Patriots trimmed their roster by one Wednesday afternoon, releasing Cody Kessler, who served as the club’s third quarterback for two stints in 2019.

The move leaves Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer as the lone signal callers on the roster. The move opens up a bit of salary cap space as Kessler was set to make $910,000 for 2020.

Kessler was signed in September, released in early October, and then later brought back for the remainder of the season.

A third-round pick of the Browns in 2016, Kessler drew a lot of praise in Foxborough for how he handled scout team duties.


“Cody’s done a nice job for us,’’ coach Bill Belichick said in October. “He’s really smart. He’s come in here, he’s learned. He’s out there calling plays, signaling receivers, making adjustments like he’s been here longer the two weeks it is. He’s picked things up very quickly and has a good rapport with all of the players and is willing to do whatever we’ve asked him to do. He works extremely hard.’’

The Patriots could bring in another body later this month in what is considered a quarterback-rich draft. There are a number of free agents on the market, though top players Cam Newton and Jameis Winston likely would command more money than New England could currently afford under the salary cap.

Andrews checks in

Patriots center David Andrews spoke this week for the first time in detail about the blood clots that kept him out for the entire 2019 season.

The veteran said he had been having trouble breathing; initially, he tried “pushing” through the issues. That was his first mistake.

“I had been dealing with some chest pains and troubling breathing, started coughing blood the first day we reported to training camp actually,” Andrews told 247sports.com. “All of this was partly my fault, just being dumb and pushing through it. I thought I was sick and I really did not feel like myself. It was not like I was having a bad camp. I just was not having a consistent camp …


“Specialist comes out and says I have blood clots, I had no idea what that meant. I told the doctor I needed to get back home to let my dogs out, and from that point on, I knew it was serious. They would not let me leave and I spent five nights there. My first call was to my dog walker, actually … I really had no idea how dangerous it was.”

Andrews, who had partnered with Tom Brady since the 2015 season, will have to get used to a new starter in 2020, but was thankful for the lessons he learned from the veteran quarterback.

“The Kobe Bryants, the Michael Jordans, the Tom Bradys, the mental aspect they have and not only just mental aspect, Tom is always a step ahead of people during the game. He is a student of the game,” he said.

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