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Quick Kicks: Patriots reportedly cut three

The first cut isn’t necessarily the deepest — unless you’re Josh Barrett, Ross Ventrone, or Gerard Warren.


Those three players can now call themselves former Patriots. The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young reported late this afternoon that the three defenders were the first of 10 cuts the Patriots must make by Monday afternoon to get down to the league-mandated limit of 75 (New England only had 85 players on their 90-man roster as of this morning).

None of the reported cuts is all that surprising. Consider that Warren, the 34-year-old defensive lineman, has been injured and on the shelf since before the preseason opener versus the Saints. Barrett, a starter at safety going into last season, has been injury-prone his entire five-year NFL career and, while healthy this summer, has been a non-factor on the New England defense. Ventrone, a well-liked presence in the Patriots locker room the past couple of seasons, just isn't quite NFL caliber on the field.

So, now we await the remaining seven axes that must fall in the next 24 hours. The final round of cuts will come by Friday.

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