The New England Patriots released a total of 19 players Saturday, including second-year wide receiver Josh Boyce and linebacker Steve Beauharnais. Coach Bill Belichick’s final roster is very talented. He clearly crafted the final 53 with then intentions of winning now and winning over and over again moving forward. The 2014 Patriots are built with the perfect mix of youth and veteran presence.
One move that surprised many was the release of long snapper Danny Aiken. Rob Ninkovich is the only other member of the roster with experience in that area. Former Green Bay Packers Defensive tackle Jerel Worthy was also let go just three weeks after the Patriots traded for him.
Based on the final roster’s make up, it’s obvious the Patriots believe in their youth. Their offensive personnel lead one to believe that they will be operating out of a lot of two tight end and two back sets. On defense, they will likely play mostly out of the nickel and dime package. They are deep along the defensive line and in the secondary. Not so much at linebacker.
The team was forced to cut its roster by 4 p.m. Saturday. Here’s who made the final cut:
Running back: 4
Tight end: 3
Wide receiver: 5
Offensive Line: 10
Defensive Line: 9
Special Teams: 3