Labor Day weekend is an emotional time for NFL players, especially young ones looking to make rosters for the first time. Even if they manage to stick around through the first wave of cuts, roster management at this time of year is quite fluid, so it's unwise to relax because things can quickly change.
That was one reason Patriots rookie corner Keion Crossen wasn’t ready to celebrate too long upon learning he had survived the cutdown to 53. Same could be said of his fellow rookie defensive back J.C. Jackson.
The Patriots claimed a pair of wide receivers off waivers to fill the remaining spots on the roster. Boston.com offers five things to know about each of the two newcomers.
The Boston Globe has a practice update from Sunday and indicates left tackle Trent Brown was not seen.
The Boston Herald says rookie running back Sony Michel has increased his workload at practice. Speaking of injured Patriots, Trey Flowers says he’ll be ready to go in Week 1.
Boston Sports Journal says Phillip Dorsett is ready to contribute after playing catchup for a year. They also look at the makeup of the roster and review some of their earlier projections. Finally, they also chat with the assistants about the offensive line, the team's health and the rookie corners.
The Patriot Ledger says the players are ready for some real football. The Eagle-Tribune offers five thoughts with the roster continuing to take shape. MassLive.com has a look at how the practice squad is beginning to take shape. A handful of recently released Patriots have found new homes.