The Patriots -- along with the rest of the league -- have just put the wraps on the cutdown process.
Among the notable names who have been let go by New England include veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer and veteran receiver Demaryius Thomas. And while rookie Gunner Oslzewski was initially thought to be cut, the fan favorite was later saved at the 11th hour on what turned out to be a typically eventful cutdown day across the league.
Keeping in mind the final 53 can shift between now and the start of the regular season, here’s a look at how things played out for the Patriots over the course of the last couple of days when it comes to the cutdown process. (This story will be updated throughout the day as needed):
On Friday, New England traded cornerback Duke Dawson to Denver, a league source confirmed to the Globe, and acquired center Russell Bodine from the Bills in a rare trade with an AFC East rival.
Dawson, a second-round pick last year, struggled with health issues last year and never really panned out -- the Patriots are also very deep at corner, and so a deal from a position of strength allowed them to pick up another draft pick.
The move to acquire Bodine is unusual. It’s the first trade Bill Belichick has made with the Bills since shipping away Drew Bledsoe in April 2002, and just the fifth trade the Patriots have made with a division opponent since Belichick became head coach in 2000.
In addition, Friday reportedly saw the release of linebacker Christian Sam and offensive tackle Martez Ivey. The Patriots also waived safety A.J. Howard and fullback/tight end Andrew Beck. And multiple outlets reported offensive lineman Tyree St. Louis, wide receivers Ryan Davis and Damoun Patterson, and defensive tackle David Parry were all released.
New England made some moves early Saturday on the offensive side of the ball, including the release of second-year wide receiver Braxton Berrios. The Miami product was a late-round pick last spring who struggled with health issues -- he was on the shelf all last season, and was also hampered this summer -- as well as the fact the Patriots are now suddenly fairly deep at receiver.
One player who knows just how quickly things can change is Olszewski, who lined up at multiple spots over the course of the summer, including receiver, returner, and defensive back. Initially, he was told he would be let go, but according to a league source, the former Division II star was called back. (A report from NFL Media indicated a roster spot opened up for Olszewski following a trade of cornerback Keion Crossen to Houston.)
Tight ends Stephen Anderson and Eric Saubert -- who was acquired earlier this month in hopes of creating more depth at the position -- were also let go. Offensive tackle Dan Skipper was also cut loose -- early in the summer, he was in the mix as a possible backup to either Isaiah Wynn or Marcus Cannon. And rookie offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt went on injured reserve after getting banged up in Thursday’s preseason finale.
Hoyer, who was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by New England in 2009 and was reacquired by the Patriots in 2017 after a multitude of stints around the league, was reportedly released after an up-and-down preseason where he didn’t play a snap in the third or fourth preseason game. The 33-year-old now gives way to rookie Jarrett Stidham, as the Auburn quarterback now officially becomes Tom Brady’s primary backup.
As for Hoyer, ESPN is reporting he has already drawn interest from Denver.
The reported release of Thomas is a bit of a surprise. The veteran, who was working his way back from injury, flashed positively on a number of occasions in Thursday’s preseason finale. One thing to keep in mind when it comes to veterans is that on occasion, teams have been known to release a longtime player when cuts come down, and then re-sign them after the start of the year when their contracts aren’t guaranteed. It’s not known yet whether or not Thomas might fall into this category, but based on his play in the preseason -- and the roster flexibility it could give New England -- you certainly can’t rule it out.
Other offensive cuts include fullback Jakob Johnson, running back Nick Brossette, and offensive tackle Cole Croston.
The Patriots also winnowed the roster on the defensive side of the ball with the release of linebackers Calvin Munson and Terez Hall. Like Berrios, Munson and Hall may have been the victim of an extraordinarily deep positional group -- New England has several talented linebackers, and there was simply no room for them on the roster. Linebacker Scooby Wright was also released, according to multiple outlets. Wright, who was acquired late this month, appeared to do enough to warrant a spot on New England’s practice squad.
Up front, defensive lineman Nick Thurman was also let go, as well as defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu.
Saturday wasn’t all about cuts -- in what was basically a procedural move, the Patriots placed center David Andrews and defensive end Derek Rivers on injured reserve and wide receiver Cameron Meredith on PUP. Andrews confirmed the news via his Instagram page, adding “best believe I’m doing everything I can to get back out there.”