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The New England Patriots reached the league required 53-man roster limit on Friday night. 12 veteran players were among the players which were released. Additionally, the Patriots announced that rookie RB Jeff Demps was placed on the injured serve list, finished for the season. Demps was signed to the Patriots roster on August 17. Only one player from this year’s draft class was released by New England, WR Jeremy Ebert. The veteran players released include: WR Deion Branch, S Sergio Brown, DL Marcus Harrison, WR Jesse Holley, QB Brian Hoyer, S James Ihedigbo, OL Matt Kopa OC Dan Koppen, LB Niko Koutouvides, S Derrick Martin, LB Jeff Tarpinian and S Malcom Williams. Additionally, the club released: FB Eric Kettani, DL Aaron Lavaris, TE Alex Silvestro, WR Kerry Taylor, OL Derek Dennis, TE Tyler Urban, OL Dustin Waldron, OL Jeremiah Warren and OL Darrion Weems. The patriots can start to assemble their eight man practice squad starting Saturday, September 1 at noon.

Patriots surprisingly release Hoyer, Branch, Koppen

Throughout Bill Belichick’s tenure, the Patriots have long been known as a team that has no problem going against the grain and parting ways with talented players. Whether it’s due to the numbers game or a financial issue, sentimentality is not big in New England. The Pats seem to make these moves annually and … well, this year is no different. According to multiple reports...

Julian Edelman Expected to Take Bigger Role in Patriots Offense in Wake of Deion Branch's Release

When Julian Edelman first took the field at Gillette Stadium in 2009, the former college quarterback knew that his role was going to change. What he didn't know is that it might never stop. One season into his professional career and the seventh-round draft pick was already drawing wild expectations. After hauling in 37 receptions during his rookie campaign, including a six-catch...

Vote: Which Patriots Player's Release Was the Most Surprising?

Trimming any NFL roster from 75 down to the league-mandated 53 during the last week of the preseason always offers up some tough decisions as well as a few big surprises. On Friday, the Patriots were prepared to send 22 deserving guys packing and they also weren't afraid to make the bold decision. Bill Belichick released three big-name players during Friday's final roster...

Tom Brady Better Than Joe Montana, 'Might Already Be the Best of All Time,' Says Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft has made it clear: He sees Tom Brady as a fifth son. So with that in mind, take a guess as to where he thinks Brady ranks among the NFL's all-time quarterbacks. Clearly forgetting that guys like Tim Tebow, Sage Rosenfels and Rex Grossman are still destined for greatness, Kraft immediately compared Brady to Joe Montana recently. The Patriots owner is hardly the first...

Patriots cut twenty two - full list, more receivers released

Well, it's all mercifully over. The Turk made twenty two visits in all, including a a few notables and a few definite suprises that we reported on earlier. Something interesting here going on with the Pats - they've released quite a few wide receivers, a position that was a surplus at the beginning of camp. In addition to Donte Stallworth and the surprise cuts of Jabar...

Branch Among Surprising Cuts

Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have once again shown the rest of the NFL why they are willing to make any move in order to win. That includes cutting veterans and players who started on the team just last season. Among Thursday’s roster cuts were WR Deion Branch, QB Brian Hoyer, OL Dan Koppen, S Sergio Brown and S James Ihedigbo, and roster long shots LB Aaron Lavarias...

Patriots trade for wide receiver Greg Salas

The Patriots traded a late 2015 round pick to St. Louis for wide receiver Greg Salas. The trade gives the Patriots the depth they needed after releasing veteran wide receivers Deion Branch, Donte Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney. Last season the rookie out of Hawaii was showing signs of promise before he broke his leg halfway through the season, catching 27 balls for 264 yards. Hopefully...

The Patriots get to 53 but not without plenty of surprises

The day started with the Patriots needing to cut 22 players and some knew they were long shots to make the team, but in the end, the team let go some veterans who most thought were safe.  The Patriots have made the following roster moves: Offense (14) : WR Deion Branch, QB Brian Hoyer, C Dan Koppen, WR Jesse Holley, FB Eric Kettani, TE Alex Silvestro,  LT Darren Weems,  OL...

S Ihedigbo signs with Ravens

Former New England Patriots safety James Ihedigbo announced Sunday that he has signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Ihedigbo, who was released by New England on Friday, made the announcement through his Twitter account. "Fresh start...God is good..honored to be a Baltimore Raven!!!!" he wrote. Ihedigbo, 28, started 12 games for the Patriots last year and contributed...

Report: Patriots Acquire Wide Receiver Greg Salas From Rams for 2013 Draft Pick

The Patriots aren't done jumbling their wide receiver corps just yet. After spending the offseason and trading camp acquiring dozens of pass-catchers only to turn most of them loose in recent weeks, New England has acquired a new threat: wide receiver Greg Salas, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. St. Louis traded wide receiver Greg Salas to the New England Patriots for a late...

NFL Rumors: Dolphins To Sign 3 More Former Patriots Receivers?

The Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots have some history when it comes to players leaving one team and joining the other. Sometimes, it works, and the player enjoys much more success with their new team than they did while a member of their former franchise. When Wes Welker was acquired by the Patriots from the Dolphins, it was then that he became a household name and one of...
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