The New England Patriots are trimming their roster down to 75 players, as the deadline to reach that number is today at 4 p.m. ET. The Patriots made a flurry of moves yesterday (11 in total) and ended up cutting down their roster to 77 men. They would have had an even 75 if they didn’t bring back Stephon Morris and Scott Vallone, but they were able to delegate roster-able players like Cory Grissom and Markus Zusevics to the injured reserve.
The Tampa Bay Times’s Greg Auman reports that the New England Patriots have cut backup tight end Evan Landi, who was a long shot to make the practice squad. Landi was a solid player for USF, and I’m sure Bill Belichick scouted him out well at the Bulls pro day (Grissom and Landi were the only USF players to sign with the Patriots as UDFAs- none were drafted). We’ll see if Landi can find a practice squad to latch onto, but there wasn’t much room for him in New England, especially at tight end.
With that release, the Patriots are now down to 76 players on the active roster, and all eyes will be glued for the next cut. I wonder if we’ll see another longshot UDFA out the door, or if we see a veteran cut. The Patriots have only cut a couple of players who would qualify as a veteran, so we’ll see if somebody joins the list.