It looks like the Patriots will be younger at cornerback this season.
According to ESPN, the Pats are releasing veteran cornerback Terrance Mitchell. The 30-year-old was brought in along with Malcolm Butler during free agency as the Pats looked to revamp their cornerback depth chart this offseason. Butler was released from injured reserve last week and Mitchell follows today.
Mitchell was a regular starter the last two seasons for Houston and Cleveland. The Pats, however, decided to move Jonathan Jones to the outside corner. He will start opposite Jalen Mills. The Pats also landed two cornerbacks in Jack Jones and Marcus Jones.
Patriots to cut TE Devin Asiasi
The Patriots’ first cut reported Tuesday is a surprise.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, the Pats are releasing Devin Asiasi.
The 2020 third-round pick has had a disappointing start to his NFL career. Last season, Asiasi played in just one game and did not record a catch. As a rookie in 2020, Asiasi finished with two receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown. The Pats also released 2020 third-rounder Dalton Keene, also a tight end, earlier this month.
The Pats will have at least two tight ends on their roster in Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. It remains to be seen if they will keep a third.
Will the Pats’ undrafted free agent streak continue?
NFL cut day is here.
Tuesday marks the busiest time of the year as NFL teams will cut their rosters from 80 to 53 players. In total, the league will release 864 players. The wholesale roster movement is a time where dreams are made and broken.
It’s not uncommon to see players you didn’t expect to make the team land on the Patriots’ starting 53-man roster. This year’s team has included a highly competitive undrafted free agent class that Bill Belichick said was more competitive this offseason than in years past. Standout players in this category include offensive lineman Kody Russey, special teams player Brenden Schooler and defensive backs DeMarcus Mitchell and LaBryan Ray.
“We had some very competitive players in this division this year. It seems like we usually do, but this year, maybe more than most,” Bill Belichick said. “Over the years we’ve had about as many guys as most teams or some teams that are really competitive with our late-round draft picks in terms of roster makeup.
“… Once they get here, players are players. It’s not about how they got here, where they came from, what they did before that. It’s about what they do for the team and what they do for the team this year… I think we have some very competitive guys in this division.”
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If one of those players makes the team, it will be the 18th straight year an undrafted player has made the Patriots’ roster.
Stay tuned as we’ll keep you updated on every move the Patriots make as they whittle down their roster to 53.
This article originally appeared in The Providence Journal: Live from New England Patriots cut-down day