The Patriots made eight moves Tuesday afternoon to reach the NFL's 65-man roster limit, although most of the moves involved reserve lists, as just one player, rookie free agent wide receiver Kerry Watkins, was cut.
Four players, guard Stephen Neal, rookie outside linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, rookie free agent wide receiver Chas Gessner and offensive tackle Kenyatta Jones were all placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Non of the four players practiced during training camp and today's moves essentially puts off any more decisive moves involving the players until part way through the regular season.
Rookie free agent center Gene Mruczkowskiwas placed on the reserve/non-football injury list (NFI).
Rookie quarterback Kliff Kingsbury and veteran offensive lineman Bill Conaty were both placed on injured reserve, and are therefore lost for the season, although while partaking in rehabilitation with the team the players are allowed to attend meetings and observe practice.
Based on league guidelines the four players on PUP are not allowed to practice with the team, although they are able to attend meetings, until after the sixth week of the season. At that time the players can begin working out with the team for a three-week window. At the end of the three weeks the team has three options for the player: they must either activate him to the 53-man roster, place him on injured reserve for the remainder of the season or cut him.
The team also announced Tuesday that it had completed a trade with the Chicago Bears for rookie free agent offensive lineman Jamil Soriano, sending an undisclosed draft choice to the Windy City in exchange for the former Harvard player. Soriano originally signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted rookie free agent this May, but was released in late July and subsequently claimed off waivers by the Bears on Aug. 7.
The 6-4, 310-pound Soriano played right tackle for the Crimson and started 16-of-24 games played. The Plainview, N.Y. native earned first-team All-Ivy League and first-team All-New England honors as a senior, as well as third-team All-America honors from the NFL Draft Report.
With today's moves and the team's five NFL Europe exemptions (Rod Trafford, Dyshod Carter, Michael Malan, Frank Moreau and Brad Harris) the Patriots now have 70 players on the roster. By this Sunday at 4 p.m. the team will have to cut to a 53-man regular season roster and NFLEL players will no longer be exempt.