Patriots make first roster cut, and it’s a surprising one

The New England Patriots have made their first roster cut before Tuesday’s 53-man deadline, and according to a report, it is on the defensive side of the ball.

On Saturday, MassLive’s Mark Daniels reported the Patriots had cut veteran defensive tackle Carl Davis.

The move is a bit of a surprise considering Davis was one of the key rotational pieces along the defensive front. He appeared in 16 games for the team last season and got two starts. His size and experience helped fortify the defensive line.

With limited roster space, the Patriots clearly decided to shift their focus to other areas for the 2023 season.

Coach Bill Belichick is going to have to make some tough decisions to get his roster down to 53 players. Davis is surely the first of many in the coming days.

Story originally appeared on Patriots Wire