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Patriots keep Hollister, part ways with Bolden and Carr in cut to 53 players

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Patriots keep Hollister, part ways with Bolden and Carr in cut to 53 players

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have a long history of holding onto undrafted players and turning them into contributors. This year, they decided to take four onto their initial 53-man roster. 

Tight end Jacob Hollister, offensive lineman Cole Croston, linebacker Harvey Langi and defensive lineman Adam Butler all remained on Bill Belichick's active roster after cuts were made Saturday. They join the likes of Malcolm Butler, David Andrews and Jonathan Jones as the three most recent examples of undrafted players winning roster spots following impressive rookie camps. 

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Notable names who did not make the cut were running back Brandon Bolden, tight end James O'Shaughnessy, defensive end Geneo Grissom, running back DJ Foster, receiver Devin Lucien, defensive lineman Darius Kilgo, guard Jamil Douglas, center James Ferentz, fullback Glenn Gronkowski, defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton, offensive lineman Ted Karras, receivers KJ Maye and Tony Washington, and linebackers Trevor Bates and Jonathan Freeny. Rookie offensive lineman Conor McDermott, taken in the sixth round out of UCLA, was also waived.

A number of undrafted rookies were also released, including receivers Austin Carr and Cody Hollister (Jacob's twin brother), corners Kenny Moore and DJ Killings, safeties David Jones, Demarius Travis and Jason Thompson, corner/punt-returner Will Likely, defenisve lineman Josh Augusta, running back LeShun Daniels, linebacker Brooks Ellis, tight end Sam Cotton, defensive ends Mikey Bart and Nick Usher, and offensive linemen Max Rich and Jason King. 

Undrafted rookie offensive lineman Andrew Jelks and defensive end Keionta Davis landed on the non-football injury list. Patriots third-round draft pick Antonio Garcia was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list.

Julian Edelman, Cyrus Jones and Derek Rivers all landed on season-ending injured reserve. 

The Patriots made a handful of trades this week -- including three on Saturday -- leading receiver Phillip Dorsett, linebacker Marquis Flowers, defensive end Cassius Marsh and corner Johnson Bademosi to land spots on the roster. 

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Scratch that Danny Amendola-Patriots reunion.

Peter Schrager of the NFL Network reports the free-agent wide receiver is re-signing with the Detroit Lions, where he spent last season and had 62 catches for 678 yards. Former Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will enter his third season as Lions coach in 2020. 

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The 34-year-old left the Patriots after five seasons to sign with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and may have burned a bridge or two with Bill Belichick. 

It had been speculated that perhaps bringing in a former reliable Tom Brady receiver might be part of a plan to lure Brady back to New England, with a report in late January that Amendola could come along to wherever Brady lands in free agency, but a Brady-Amendola reunion in Detroit isn't happening, either. 

Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

There's one big question that New England Patriots are facing this offseason. Who is going to be their starting quarterback in 2020?

For the past 20 seasons, the team hasn't really had questions at the position. It has always been Tom Brady's job. But with the 42-year-old set to hit free agency, the Patriots can't necessarily count on him returning unless they want to pay him what he's worth.

So, now the question for the Patriots becomes, what will life look like if Brady departs?

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On the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast, which returns for its first episode of the 2020 offseason, Phil Perry is here to explore that question. And really what it all boils down to is what the Patriots are looking for in a potential successor.

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As Perry notes, it's likely to be one of two types of quarterback: The traditional pocket passer or a more mobile athlete in the mold of some of the recent success stories at the position.

Do the Patriots look for the next Brady? Uber-accurate, somebody who's going to sit in the pocket and absolutely dissect every little aspect of the defense that he is looking at. Or, do they go a different route? Do they go with an athlete? Do they get more mobile? Because talking to people this offseason, I'm getting a whiff -- I'm getting a scent that people believe the pocket passer might be dead.

Perry is joined by guests including Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films, and NFL Network's Kurt Warner to answer questions about Brady's future and what his game has looked like in recent seasons.

For more thoughts about the Patriots offseason, check out the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast, available as part of the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.