The New England Patriots on Sunday became the first NFL team to trim their roster to 80 players ahead of training camp.
Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reported the Patriots have released the following players:
- J'Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke (Quarterbacks)
- Isaiah Zuber, Sean Riley, and Will Hastings (Wide receivers)
- Kyahva Tezino (Linebacker)
- Courtney Wallace (Defensive tackle)
- Adarius Pickett and Malik Gant (Safeties)
The #Patriots have trimmed their roster to 80 by releasing QBs J'Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke; WRs Isaiah Zuber, Sean Riley, and Will Hastings; LB Kyahva Tezino; DT Courtney Wallace, and Ss Adarius Pickett and Malik Gant, per league source. Story: https://t.co/RHUqQWXKdY— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) July 26, 2020
They also parted ways with defensive back Lenzy Pipkins on Saturday.
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Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham, and Brian Hoyer now are the only QBs in the fold for New England. The shortened training camp that was agreed on by the NFL and NFLPA on Friday likely factored into the Patriots' decision to part ways with several undrafted free agents, including Lewerke and Smith.
The Patriots had the option to go into camp with 90 players and work in split squads, but they opted to go with 80 instead.
All players are scheduled to report to training camp on Tuesday, July 28.
Report: Patriots cut nine players ahead of training camp originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston