The New England Patriots made a number of roster moves yesterday, some of which I detailed as they happened. To catch you up on what has transpired since, here is a quick update:
- Defensive lineman Bruce Gaston signed to 53-man roster, linebacker Chris White released.
- Quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson signed to practice squad, bringing total squad number to three.
- And as a quick recap regarding what happened before this, the Pats signed defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles, traded quarterback Ryan Mallett, and signed Jonas Gray and Ja’Gared Davis to the practice squad.
Nothing really unexpected, as Bill Belichick and the Patriots fill out their roster in advance of Sunday’s game in Miami. The team still must sign seven players to the practice squad, and since New England has plenty of money to work with, I would expect them to be fairly aggressive in this area.
It was also reported by Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston that wide receiver Josh Boyce had cleared through waivers, which means the Patriots can sign him to the practice squad. Boyce is a talented wideout, who just got edged out of a roster spot by Kenbrell Thompkins. However it would be great if New England can keep him on the team, continue to develop him, and possibly give him an opportunity to play for them in the future.
I also want to note that every player the Patriots cut yesterday cleared through waivers, which means the team can sign anyone they cut to the practice squad.
Per the NFL transaction wire, every player cut by the Patriots yesterday cleared waivers.
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) August 31, 2014
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