Patriots make a flurry of roster moves ahead of IR deadline for Jarrett Stidham, Byron Cowart

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The New England Patriots released offensive lineman James Ferentz from the 53-man roster ahead of a key deadline for quarterback Jarrett Stidham and defensive tackle Byron Cowart, who must both return from injured reserve by Wednesday — or they will revert to IR for the rest of the season. It’s likely Ferentz will land back on the Patriots’ practice squad.

Yes, the Patriots can also claim receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Tuesday. The Browns cut him this weekend and he hit waivers on Monday. The only issue is that he would be due roughly $7.5 million for 2021, if claimed. The Patriots have just $6.7 in cap space, per Spotrac. Surely, they could make a few adjustments to contracts on the roster. But there are a handful of teams that could claim him higher in the waiver order.

New England also released center Drake Jackson and fullback Ben Mason from the practice squad. It’s possible the team is opening up space for a running back, with both Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson dealing with head injuries.

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