Patriots Cut Nine Players, Get Down To 80 Players

Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports that the Patriots have cut their roster down to 80 players before the start of training camp. 

According to McBride, the Patriots have cut QB J’Mar Smith, QB Brian Lewerke, WR Isaiah Zuber, WR Sean Riley, WR Will Hastings, LB Kyahva Tezino, DT Courtney Wallace, S Adarius Pickett and S Malik Gant.

New England waived CB Lenzy Pipkins on Saturday, which brings the total number of cuts to 10 this weekend. 

Pickett, 23, wound up going undrafted out of UCLA back in 2019. He later signed a three-year, $1.755 million contract with the Bears.

However, Chicago elected to waive Pickett a few days later and he eventually signed on with the Chargers and was on and off of their practice squad last year.

The Patriots later signed him Pickett to their taxi squad and brought him back on a futures contract this past January.

During his college career at UCLA, Pickett recorded 274 tackles, seven interceptions, a forced fumble, two recoveries and 13 pass defenses over the course of four seasons and 48 games. 

Lewerke, 23, was a three-year starter at Michigan State who showed some early promise as a sophomore. He’s the (first Spartan in school history to throw for 8,000 yards passing and rush for over a 1,000 yards in his career.

The Patriots signed Lewerke to a three-year, $2.28 million contract as an undrafted free agent this past April 

During his college career at Michigan State, Lewerke completed 57.7 percent of his passes for 8,293, 47 touchdowns and 32 interceptions over the course of four seasons and 41 games. He also rushed for 1,255 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

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