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With cuts complete, Patriots 53-man roster takes shape

08.30.14 at 4:54 pm ET
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Following the Saturday cuts, here’s a look at the Patriots’ 53-man roster. It’s important to note that there are still plenty of moves coming — last year, there were 15 roster moves between the final cuts and the start of the regular season, and that doesn’t count the practice squad transactions — those will come on Sunday.

OFFENSE: 26

Quarterback (3): Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett, Jimmy Garoppolo
Offensive line (10): Ryan Wendell, Chris Barker, Bryan Stork, Dan Connolly, Josh Kline, Sebastian Vollmer, Nate Solder, Jordan Devey, Marcus Cannon, Cameron Fleming
Tight ends (4): Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui, Tim Wright, James Develin
Running backs (4): Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, James White, Brandon Bolden
Wide receivers (5): Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell, Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson (Brian Tyms starts the year on the reserve/suspended list and does not count toward the final 53-man roster, at least for the first four weeks.)

DEFENSE: 24

Defensive line (9): Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Vince Wilfork, Dominique Easley, Michael Buchanan, Joe Vellano, Sealver Siliga, Chris Jones, Zach Moore
Linebackers (5): Jerod Mayo, Jamie Collins, Dont’€™€™a Hightower, Darius Fleming, Chris White
Cornerbacks (5): Darrelle Revis, Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington, Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler (Brandon Browner starts the year on the reserve/suspended list and does not count toward the final 53-man roster, at least for the first four weeks.)
Safeties (5): Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Nate Ebner, Tavon Wilson, Patrick Chung

SPECIAL TEAMS: 3

Special teamers (3): Stephen Gostkowski, Ryan Allen, Matthew Slater.

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Patriots make cutdown moves official

08.30.14 at 4:46 pm ET
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The Patriots announced the following moves Saturday afternoon. Here’s a portion of the press release on the transactions:

The Patriots released six veteran players: long snapper Danny Aiken, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, defensive lineman Jake Bequette, wide receiver Josh Boyce, tight end Steve Maneri and defensive lineman Jerel Worthy.

The Patriots released five first-year players: offensive lineman Braxston Cave, linebacker Ja’€™Gared Davis, safety Kanorris Davis, running back Jonas Gray and efensive back Daxton Swanson.

The Patriots released two draft picks: offensive lineman Jon Halapio and wide receiver Jeremy Gallon.

The Patriots released six rookie free agents: running back Roy Finch, safety Shamiel Gary, defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna, offensive lineman Chris Martin, linebacker Taylor McCuller and defensive lineman L.T. Tuipulotu.

In addition, rookie linebacker James Morris was placed on injured reserve.
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DE Michael Sam released by Rams

08.30.14 at 4:29 pm ET
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The Rams released defensive end Michael Sam Saturday afternoon as part of their final cuts to get to the league-mandated 53-man roster.

Sam, the 249th overall pick in this year’s draft, was attempting to become the first openly gay player in NFL history, but he was beaten out by Ethan Westbrooks for the final defensive end spot. However, it’s worth noting that Sam still has practice squad eligibility — once he clears waivers on Sunday at noon, could be signed by the Rams as one of 10 players allowed on the practice squad.

Sam had 11 tackles and three sacks over the course of the preseason. In Thursday night’s contest against the Dolphins, Sam ended with a team-high six tackles.

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With few hours remaining, Patriots nearing 53-man roster limit

08.30.14 at 2:00 pm ET
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There are a couple of hours between now and the 4 p.m. deadline to get to 53 players, but the Patriots look like they’re getting close to the magic number. Things can still change between now and the deadline, but at this point, they have 54 players in the mix.

OFFENSE: 26
Quarterback (3): Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett, Jimmy Garoppolo

Offensive line (10): Ryan Wendell, Chris Barker, Bryan Stork, Dan Connolly, Josh Kline, Sebastian Vollmer, Nate Solder, Jordan Devey, Marcus Cannon, Cameron Fleming

Tight ends (4): Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui, Tim Wright, James Develin

Running backs (4): Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, James White, Brandon Bolden

Wide receivers (5): Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell, Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson (Brian Tyms starts the year on the reserve/suspended list and does not count toward the final 53-man roster, at least for the first four weeks.)

DEFENSE: 24
Defensive line (9): Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Vince Wilfork, Dominique Easley, Michael Buchanan, Joe Vellano, Sealver Siliga, Chris Jones, Zach Moore

Linebackers (5): Jerod Mayo, Jamie Collins, Dont’€™a Hightower, Darius Fleming, Chris White

Cornerbacks (5): Darrelle Revis, Alfonzo Dennard, Kyle Arrington, Logan Ryan, Malcolm Butler (Brandon Browner starts the year on the reserve/suspended list and does not count toward the final 53-man roster, at least for the first four weeks.)

Safeties (5): Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Nate Ebner, Tavon Wilson, Patrick Chung

SPECIAL TEAMS: 4
Special teamers (4): Stephen Gostkowski, Ryan Allen, Danny Aiken, Matthew Slater.

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Patriots reportedly release RB Roy Finch, DB Kanorris Davis, LB James Morris

08.30.14 at 1:21 pm ET
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Roy Finch

Roy Finch

Running back Roy Finch, defensive back Kanorris Davis and linebacker James Morris have all reportedly been released by the Patriots.

The 22-year-old Finch, signed as a rookie free agent in May, played in 47 games with 10 starts for Oklahoma, finishing his career with 262 rushing attempts for 1,412 yards and eight touchdowns. The 5-foot-7, 167-pounder also added 58 receptions for 442 yards and two touchdowns and returned 47 kicks for 1,099 yards with one touchdown. Last season, he played in 13 games with two starts and finished with 59 rushing attempts for 347 yards and caught 12 passes for 91 yards. Per a league source, the hope is to get Finch through to the practice squad, but after a promising summer, that could be a challenge.

Davis, 24, has bounced between the active roster and the practice squad over the course of the last season. The 5-foot-10, 207-pounder originally joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Troy on May 3, 2013, but was released on Aug. 31 and was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 1. Known more as a special teamer, he was activated to the 53-man roster late last season, and finished last season with one tackle in three games.

Morris is a rookie free agent out of Iowa who was signed and released in May, but later re-signed with the team over the summer. The 22-year-old was just the sixth player in Iowa history to record 400 career tackles after finishing with 400 tackles, 10½ sacks and six interceptions as a three-year starter. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder was named a team captain in 2013 and started in all 13 games and finished second on the team with 107 total tackles, eight sacks and four interceptions. His departure leaves the Patriots curiously thin at linebacker — at this point, with today’s transactions, Chris White is the only backup linebacker on the roster.

The Patriots need to be down to 53 players by the league-mandated deadline of 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Agent: Patriots release DL Eathyn Manumaleuna

08.30.14 at 12:55 pm ET
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The Patriots released defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna, according to his agent David Canter.

Signed as a rookie free agent last month, Manumaleuna, was originally inked by the New York Giants as a rookie free agent out of Brigham Young on May 12. The 6-foot-2, 305-pounder, was released by the Giants on June 19. He played as a true freshman for BYU in 2007 and then served a two-year mission. He returned to the starting lineup in 2010. After suffering an injury early in the year as senior in 2010, Manumaleuna was granted a medical redshirt year after suffering an injury early in the year as a senior in 2012 and came back to start all 13 games in 2013. He finished his college career playing in 56 games and finishing with 143 total tackles and 5.5 sacks.

The Patriots need to be down to 53 players by the league-mandated deadline of 4 p.m. Saturday.

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Pats reportedly release DL L.T. Tuipulotu, FB/LB Taylor McCuller, OL Braxton Cave

08.30.14 at 12:37 pm ET
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Braxston Cave

Braxston Cave

Defensive lineman L.T. Tuipulotu, fullback/linebacker Taylor McCuller and offensive lineman Braxton Cave have all been released by the Patriots, according to reports.

Tuipulotu, signed as a rookie free agent in May, played in 12 games with 11 starts as a senior at Utah last season and finished with 42 total tackles, 1 ½ sacks, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

McCuller, another rookie free agent signed this past spring, is a 24-year-old who played in 38 games with 30 starts and finished with 281 total tackles, four forced fumbles and recovered two fumbles as a collegian at West Texas A&M. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder was granted an extra year of eligibility after suffering an injury in 2009 after redshirting in 2008.

Cave has been on and off the Patriots roster the last year-plus, and spent the bulk of 2013 on New England’s practice squad. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder was originally signed by Cleveland as a rookie free agent out of Notre Dame, but was released by Cleveland on Aug. 30. Cave played in 48 games for Notre Dame, including 35 starts at center. He also served as the team’€™€™s long snapper.

The Patriots need to be down to 53 players by the league-mandated deadline of 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

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