With Tuesday being the deadline for rosters to be cut down to 75 players, the Patriots got a bit of a head start by releasing a few veterans ahead of time.

There have been 15 Super Bowls played since the dawn of the new millennium. The New England Patriots have been in five of them. They've won three of them. That's a pretty god success rate, wouldn't you say? In fact, no NFL fan base should feel more secure in its own skin than New England's.



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With the first round of cuts looming — the Patriots have to go from 87 to 75 players by Tuesday afternoon — Bill Belichick knows that the time is getting short for players who need to carve out a niche for themselves if they want to survive Tuesday’s cuts, much less the second wave of cuts that gets the team to 53 at the end of the month.

FOXBORO — When Stephen Gostkowski ran out onto the field with just eight seconds left before halftime, he didn’t think about the fact he had never attempted a 60-yard field goal.

He didn’t have time to.

Shane Vereen was all smiles after scoring two touchdowns in Friday's win. (Getty Images)FOXBORO -- See you in September.



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FOXBORO — The Patriots topped the Panthers in the third preseason game for both teams Friday night at Gillette Stadium, 30-7.

FOXBORO — The night didn’t start out smoothly for Tom Brady but by the end, his numbers spoke volumes as the Patriots starting quarterback had a productive night in the dress rehearsal for the regular season.

FOXBORO — As was the case last week, the Patriots will be playing a summer preseason game in very fall-like conditions as temperatures are expected to be in the low 70s with partly cloudy skies for the 7:30 p.m.

The Patriots released defensive lineman Marcus Forston and tight end D.J. Williams on Thursday. Here’s a portion of the statement issued by the team on the moves: