3 Patriots Veterans Who Will Be Cut Following the NFL Draft

Now that the 2024 NFL Draft has come and gone, these three New England Patriots veterans are officially potential cut candidates.
QB Bailey Zappe is one of three Patriots veterans who could be cut following the draft.
QB Bailey Zappe is one of three Patriots veterans who could be cut following the draft. / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Vederian Lowe, OT

The offensive line was another weakness in New England last year, forcing the Patriots to draft Penn State's Caedan Wallace (Round 3, Pick 68) and Texas A&M's Layden Robinson (Round 4, Pick 103) in back-to-back rounds last week. It's clear that the team is serious about improving the front line, which could be negative news for Vederian Lowe,

After playing four games without a start as a rookie, the Minnesota Vikings traded Lowe to the Patriots for a 2024 sixth-round selection last summer. Although Pats fans didn't anticipate seeing much of him, an injury-plagued campaign for the O-line forced the ex-Illinois product to start in eight of his 11 appearances.

Regardless of how much he tried, Lowe couldn't avoid being one of the NFL's worst blockers last season. He surrendered a whopping 38 pressures (29 hurries, 6 sacks, 3 hits) on 290 passing downs, resulting in Pro Football Focus gave him a 36.0 pass block grade — the worst mark among 81 eligible tackles. His 41.7 overall grade was third-worst at his position.

Given that the Patriots weren't the team to draft him, Lowe's outlook in New England doesn't look promising. Wallace and Robinson's additions only mean that the 25-year-old will have a tougher time to earn playing opportunities, so don't be surprised if he isn't on the 53-man roster come the fall.

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