By: Derek Havens
The New England Patriots made several roster transactions on Saturday to trim their roster to the league mandated 53-man limit.
The Pats released 15 players today, placed three players on the reserve physically unable to perform list, one player on the reserve non-football injury List and one on injured reserve.
The following is a list of the players who were released by the Patritots on Saturday:
Brandon Meriweather, Sammy Morris, Brandon Tate, Tiquan Underwood, Niko Koutouvides, Landon Cohen, Alex Silvestro, Markell Carter, Aaron Lavarias, Eric Moore, Eric Kettani, Thomas Austin, Lee Smith, Will Yeatman and Ross Ventrone.
In other moves, defensive linemen Ron Brace (elbow) and Brandon Deaderick (shoulder) will join Kevin Faulk on the physically unable to perform list (PUP) to start the season, while offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger was placed on injured reserve after suffering an apparent concussion against the Giants.
Now that the roster is trimmed down to the NFL mandatory 53-man limit, here is a positional breakdown of the Patriots roster as it stands now. –
QB – Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett (3)
RB – BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley (4)
WR – Chad Ochocinco, Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Taylor Price, Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater (6)
TE – Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez (2)
OL – Matt Light, Sebastian Vollmer, Logan Mankins, Dan Koppen, Dan Connolly, Ryan Wendell, Nate Solder, Steve Maneri (8)
DE – Andre Carter, Shaun Ellis, Mike Wright, Mark Anderson, Jermaine Cunningham (5)
DT – Vince Wilfork, Albert Haynesworth, Kyle Love, Myron Pryor, Gerard Warren (5)
LB – Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Rob Ninkovich, Dane Fletcher, Gary Guyton, Jeff Tarpinian, Tracy White (7)
CB – Devin McCourty, Leigh Bodden, Ras-I Dowling, Kyle Arrington, Darius Butler, Antwaun Molden (6)
S – Patrick Chung, Sergio Brown, Josh Barrett, James Ihedigbo (4)
Specialists – Stephen Gostkowski, Zoltan Mesko, James Dearth (3)
I fully expect more moves to be made over the next couple of days. With all 32 NFL teams shuffling their respective rosters, there might be a player or two that Bill Belichick and their coaching staff have their eyes on. I will be sure to post updates and if you have a Twitter account, be sure to follow me: @PatriotsHaven!