The Patriots cut down to an NFL-mandatory 53-man roster today, releasing 10 players, while placing three players on injured reserve and announcing two trades.

The team made a couple of trades Saturday afternoon, acquiring tight end Michael Matthews from the New York Giants for an undisclosed draft choice, while sending veteran tight end David Thomas to New Orleans for another draft pick. As for the guys who were cut loose, Ray Ventrone (Safety), Alex Smith (Tight End), Terrence Nunn (Wide Receiver), Wesley Britt (Tackle), Herana-Daze Jones (Defensive Back), Titus Adams (Defensive Lineman), Paris Lenon (linebacker), Jamar Love (Defensive Back), Ryan O’Callaghan (Tackle), Darryl Richard (Defensive Lineman).

In addition, the Patriots placed three players on injured reserve, with linebacker Shawn Crable (groin), offensive lineman, George Bussey (knee), and RB Chris Taylor (shoulder) as the three guys whose seasons are already over.