Rookie OL Kody Russey released

The Patriots are releasing center Kody Russey, according to a source.

The undrafted rookie out of Houston had a solid summer for the Patriots. There was some speculation that he would make the 53-man roster. Instead, it looks like the Pats would like to sign Russey to their practice squad – if he clears waivers.

With Russey being released, it likely means that James Ferentz will be the Patriots top backup interior offensive lineman.

WRs Tre Nixon and Lil’Jordan Humphrey released

The Patriots are releasing wide receiver Tre Nixon, according to Pro Football Focus, and receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey, according to a source.

Nixon was on fire in minicamp, but the young receiver cooled off this summer in training camp. He finished this preseason leading the Pats in receiving yards with 169 yards. Nixon is a prime candidate for the Patriots practice squad and it won’t be a surprise to see him there this week if he’s not claimed on waivers.

Humphrey led the Patriots in receptions this preseason with 13. He also hauled in 140 receiving yards. He played well for the Patriots this summer and could also find his way back to the practice squad this week.

OL Bill Murray released

The Patriots have released offensive lineman Bill Murray, according to Pro Football Focus.

Murray joined the Patriots last year as a defensive tackle and spent the season on the practice squad. This offseason, he made the move to the offensive line where he practiced at guard. The Pats liked his athleticism and potential. Murray is a candidate for the Patriots practice squad.

LB Cameron McGrone released

The Patriots are releasing linebacker Cameron McGrone, according to a source.

Drafted by the Pats in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, McGrone missed all of last season due to a knee injury he suffered while at Michigan.

The 22-year-old made a solid impression in Foxboro last season learning behind the scenes. This summer, however, it became a numbers game at middle linebacker with Ja’Whaun Bentley, Raekwon McMillan and Mack Wilson.

DL Jeremiah Phams and LB Nate Wieland released

The Patriots are releasing undrafted rookie linebacker Nate Wieland and defensive tackle Jeremiah Phams Jr., according to multiple league sources.

Wieland was a late addition to Patriots camp, signing on Aug. 3. He came to New England from Grand View University. Phams came to the Pats after playing in the USFL with the Pittsburgh Maulers.

The Pats have cut 14 players today and had 11 more roster moves to go.

WR Josh Hammond released

The Patriots are releasing wide receiver Josh Hammond, according to Pro Football Focus.

It’ll be interesting to see if any of the backup receivers behind Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor, DeVante Parker, Kendrick Bourne and Tyquan Thornton make the roster. Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Kristian Wilkerson and Tre Nixon are the candidates.

OL Will Sherman released

The Patriots continue to cut several backup offensive linemen.

According to a source, the Pats are releasing Will Sherman. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound offensive lineman was drafted in the sixth round, 197 overall, in the 2021 NFL Draft. He spent most of last season on the practice squad, but did make his NFL debut in Week 5.

Pats cut Justin Bethel, Henry Anderson and JJ Taylor

Another surprise cut is in after the Pats let go of three veteran players.

According to ESPN, the Patriots are releasing core special teamer Justin Bethel, defensive lineman Henry Anderson and running back JJ Taylor are being released.

Bethel is one of the biggest surprises. A three-time Pro Bowler, the core special teamer has been one of the best gunners in the NFL and was considered a near-lock to make the roster. One possibility here is that the Patriots are going to keep undrafted free agent Brenden Schooler, who is also a core special teamer.

Anderson, 31, played only four games last season before landing on the injured reserve. The Pats seem well stocked on their defensive line. This could be another case of Anderson losing out to an undrafted rookie like DeMarcus Mitchell or LaBryan Ray.

Taylor is the second running back to be cut today, along with rookie Kevin Harris. He’s a practice squad candidate for the Patriots.

Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots defensive back Justin Bethel (29) downs a punt inside the 5 yard line while Miami Dolphins wide receiver Trevor Davis (89) looks on during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

OL Arlington Hambright released

The Patriots are releasing offensive lineman Arlington Hambright, according to the NFL Network.

Hambright had a solid training camp for the Patriots. He earned some starting reps at right guard in practice and also placed some backup tackle this preseason. Hambright could find his way to the Patriots practice squad later this week.

This could open the door for someone like undrafted rookie Kody Russey to make the Patriots 53-man roster.

Rookie RB Kevin Harris released

The Patriots are releasing rookie running back Kevin Harris, according to the NFL Network.

Drafted in the sixth round, Harris finished strong this preseason but remained behind several others on the depth chart. Even with Ty Montgomery dealing with an ankle injury, the Pats are still well stocked with Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson and Pierre Strong.

Pats released LB Harvey Langi and OL Drew Desjarlais

The Patriots are starting to whittle down their roster.

According to multiple league sources, the Patriots are releasing offensive guard Drew Desjarlais and linebacker Harvey Langi.

Desjarlais came to the Patriots from the Canadian Football League. There’s a chance he signs with the team’s practice squad for added depth. Langi played in seven games last year with the Pats, making three tackles. He was considered a core special teamer.

Patriots to release CB Terrance Mitchell

It looks like the Patriots will be younger at cornerback this season.

According to a source, the Pats are releasing veteran cornerback Terrance Mitchell. The 30-year-old was brought in, along with Malcolm Butler, during free agency as the Pats looked to revamp their cornerback depth chart this offseason. Butler was released from the injured reserve last week and today, Mitchell follows.

Mitchell was a full-time starter the last two seasons for Houston and Cleveland. The Pats, however, decided to move Jonathan Jones to outside cornerback. He’ll start opposite of Jalen Mills. The Pats also drafted two cornerbacks in Jack Jones and Marcus Jones.

ESPN was the first to report the news on Mitchell.

Patriots to cut TE Devin Asiasi

The first reported Patriots cut on Tuesday is a surprise.

According to Mike Giardi of the NFL Network, the Pats are releasing tight end Devin Asiasi.

The 2020 third-round pick had a disappointing start to his NFL career. Last season, Asiasi played in just one game and didn’t record a catch. As a rookie in 2020, Asiasi finished with two receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown. The Pats also released 2020 third rounder Dalton Keene, also a tight end, earlier this month.

The Pats will have at least two tight ends on their roster with Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. It remains to be seen if they keep a third.

New England Patriots tight end Devin Asiasi (86) is tackled by New York Giants linebacker Carter Coughlin (49) during the first half at MetLife Stadium.

New England Patriots tight end Devin Asiasi (86) is tackled by New York Giants linebacker Carter Coughlin (49) during the first half at MetLife Stadium.

Will the Pats undrafted free agent streak continue?

NFL cut-down day is here.

Tuesday marks the busiest time of the year as NFL teams will whittle down their roster from 80-to-53 players. In total, the league will see 864 players released. The wholesale roster movement is a time where dreams are both made and dashed.

It’s not unusual to see players you didn’t expect to make the team, landing on the Patriots initial 53-man roster. This year’s squad has included a highly competitive undrafted free agent class, which Bill Belichick said it was competitive this offseason than years past. Standouts in this category include offensive lineman Kody Russey, special teamer Brenden Schooler and defensive linemen DeMarcus Mitchell and LaBryan Ray.

Aug 19, 2022;  Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA;  New England Patriots safety Brenden Schooler (41) keeps the punt out of the end zone and stops it on the 3 yard line during the second half of a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 19, 2022; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots safety Brenden Schooler (41) keeps the punt out of the end zone and stops it on the 3 yard line during the second half of a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

“We’ve had some very competitive players in that category this year. It seems like we usually do, but this year, maybe more than most,” Bill Belichick said. “Through the years we’ve had about as many guys as most teams have or some teams have that are really competitive with our late-round draft choices in terms of making the roster.

“… Once they get here, players are players. It’s not about how they got here, where they came from, what they did before that. It’s about what they do for the team and what they do for the team this year… I think we have some very competitive guys in that category.”

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If one of these players makes the team, it’ll mark the 18th-straight year an undrafted player makes the Patriots roster.

Stay tuned as we’ll update you with every move the Patriots make as they cut their roster down to 53.

This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: Live from New England Patriots cut-down day

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