The New England Patriots are now at 75 men on the roster, and it looks like they won’t be cutting down more players as they have hit the magic number ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline. After it was reported that the Patriots cut tight end Evan Landi in an expected move, the Patriots have also announced the release of UDFA defensive tackle Anthony Rashad White. Aside from the cuts of linebacker Niko Koutouvides and wide receiver Kamar Aiken, the other released free agents were young players without much of a shot at making the 53-man roster (or even the practice squad). A lot of the moves that the Pats made related to shifting guys to the injured reserve or PUP list, but White is one of the outright cuts.
I thought White played well against the Detroit Lions in Week 3, and he was a really good run-stuffer for the Michigan State Spartans in college. Playing at Ford Field against the Lions was a trip back to the state for White, and I thought he did a decent job. But White was never really a threat to make the practice squad, and his cut comes as no surprise. The New England Patriots have to like what they have at defensive tackle in Joe Vellano and Marcus Forston, and both look set to make the roster after Cory Grissom was redshirted on the injured reserve and, as expected, Armond Armstead was sent to the reserve/PUP list.