The deadline for NFL teams to trim their rosters down to 53 players has come and gone. That means we now have a clear picture of what the New England Patriots will look like in 2021.
Obviously, the major takeaway is Cam Newton's surprising release that propels rookie Mac Jones into the starting quarterback role. But there are more surprises where that came from, including rookie kicker Quinn Nordin taking over for veteran Nick Folk.
Here's a look at the Patriots' initial 53-man roster for the 2021 NFL season.
Damien Harris, James White, Rhamondre Stevenson, J.J. Taylor, Brandon Bolden
Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, N’Keal Harry, Gunner Olszewski
Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith, Devin Asiasi
Isaiah Wynn, Trent Brown, Shaq Mason, Mike Onwenu, David Andrews, Ted Karras, Justin Herron, Yodny Cajuste, Yasir Durant
Davon Godchaux, Lawrence Guy, Christian Barmore, Carl Davis, Deatrich Wise, Henry Anderson
Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Matt Judon, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Josh Uche, Chase Winovich, Ronnie Perkins, Harvey Langi, Brandon King
J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Jalen Mills, Joejuan Williams, Shaun Wade, Justin Bethel
Devin McCourty, Kyle Dugger, Adrian Phillips, Cody Davis
Quinn Nordin, Jake Bailey, Joe Cardona, Matthew Slater
Released: QB Cam Newton, QB Brian Hoyer, DT Montravius Adams, K Nick Folk, S Adrian Colbert, CB Dee Virgin, DT Akeem Spence, OL Alex Redmond, OL James Ferentz, TE Matt LaCosse
Waived: OLB Tashawn Bower, DB Myles Bryant, OT Korey Cunningham, CB Michael Jackson, DT Bill Murray, WR Tre Nixon, DB D’Angelo Ross, OL Will Sherman, DT Nick Thurman (waived/injured), WR Kristian Wilkerson, WR Isaiah Zuber
Physically unable to perform list: QB Jarrett Stidham, CB Stephon Gilmore, LB Terez Hall, DT Byron Cowart
Non-football injury list: S Joshuah Bledsoe, LB Cameron McGrone
Injured reserve: LB Anfernee Jennings