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Quick Slants The Podcast: With preseason over, Patriots roster-trimming has begun

Quick Slants The Podcast: With preseason over, Patriots roster-trimming has begun

Is there a second-round problem when it comes to Bill Belichick's picks? Plus, more on the roster as the cuts come down and a look ahead to the opener vs. the Steelers.

3:42 - FIRST QUARTER - With roster cuts coming on Saturday, Tom Curran and Phil Perry discuss the moves made so far by the Patriots, including the trade of Duke Dawson to the Broncos. Do the Pats have an issue evaluating talent in the second round?

17:35 - SECOND QUARTER - Phil and Tom review who popped and who dropped in the Patriots' preseason finale vs. the Giants. With Demaryius Thomas having a huge night, what can we expect out of the receiving corps in New England?

26:07 - THIRD QUARTER - It appears that the backup quarterback job is safely in the hands of Jarrett Stidham. What does this mean for Tom Brady's future with the team?

30:24 - FOURTH QUARTER - Week 1 is quickly approaching and the Steelers will be visiting Foxboro on banner night at Gillette Stadium. Tom and Phil take a very brief look at what to expect from Ben Roethlisberger and the depleted Pittsburgh offense.

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Duke Dawson trade highlights Bill Belichick's rocky history with second-round picks

Duke Dawson trade highlights Bill Belichick's rocky history with second-round picks

The curtain fell on the Duke Dawson era in Foxboro Friday when the Patriots shipped defensive back to the Broncos.

And even though the 2018 second-round pick wasn't having a particularly good preseason, it was still jarring to see New England cut ties with Dawson before he ever appeared in a regular-season game.

Though Dawson is Bill Belichick's latest misfire in the second round, he's far from the only one. Patriots fans will point to Chad Jackson, Ras-I Dowling, Jordan Richards, and Cyrus Jones as prime examples of the team's second-round failures.

But in addition to the egregious whiffs, Belichick has also added players like Rob Gronkowski, Matt Light, and Patrick Chung in Round 2.

That mixed track record prompted this line from NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran on Twitter Friday afternoon: "Rd 2 misses remain a curiosity, not a crisis."

Here's a closer look at Belichick's rollercoaster track record in the second round of the draft.>>>>>

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NFL Rumors: Patriots trade Duke Dawson, 2020 draft pick to Broncos

NFL Rumors: Patriots trade Duke Dawson, 2020 draft pick to Broncos

The New England Patriots' surprising roster moves have already begun.

NBC Sports Boston's Tom E. Curran has confirmed that the Patriots traded cornerback Duke Dawson to the Denver Broncos on Friday. 

New England also sent a 2020 seventh-round pick to Denver in exchange for the Broncos' 2020 sixth-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Patriots took Dawson in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but the Florida product was placed on injured reserve with a hamstring injury in September 2018 and didn't appear in a single game.

Dawson had been getting special teams reps this summer, but the Patriots are loaded at cornerback with Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Joejuan Williams and Keion Crossen all in the fold.

Ahead of Saturday's 4 p.m. ET deadline to trim rosters to 53-players, it appears Bill Belichick moved proactively to cut bait with Dawson while getting compensation in return.

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