The Patriots began the arduous process of trimming their roster from 75 players down to 53 Saturday afternoon. Wide receiver Josh Boyce and linebacker Steve Beauharnais were two of the more noteworthy cuts among the 18 announced subtractions. Coach Bill Belichick must officially submit his final roster to the NFL by 4 p.m.
Boyce, in his second-year out of Texas Christian University, never lived up to the team’s expectations in training camp. He was expected to be a depth guy at the receiver spot and contribute to special teams. Boyce failed to impress in the opportunities he had this preseason. He is a speedster and seemed to be an ideal fit as kick returner.
Beauharnais was selected in the 2013 draft out of Rutgers. He was given a ton of playing time throughout the course of the preseason. He exhibited strong ability at linebacker and played with intelligence. Beauharnais understood his role. His release comes as a bit of a surprise given the health hiccups that have plagued Jerod Mayo and Dont’a Hightower in recent weeks.
The team also informed rookie guard Jon Halapio of his release. They had selected Halapio in the sixth round of this year’s draft out of the University of Florida. With a number of bodies already competing for jobs along the offensive line, his departure comes as no surprise. He really didn’t show much upside during his time with the team.
Center Braxton Crave, tackle Chris Martin, tight end Steve Maneri, receiver Jeremy Gallon, fullback Taylor McCuller, running backs Jonas Gray and Roy Finch, safeties Knorris Davis and Shamiel Gray, linebackers James Morris and Ja’Gared Davis and defensive back Daxton Swanson, were the others who were let go.
Now those who were informed of their release could be brought back to the practice squad if they happen to clear waivers.