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Report: Patriots release Jerald Hawkins

Mike Florio and Chris Simms evaluate the Patriots' quarterback situation between Cam Newton and rookie Mac Jones and express why Jones is unlikely to start over Newton, despite his ability to make quick decisions.

The Patriots reportedly cut defensive end Rashod Berry, tight end David Wells and receiver Marvin Hall ahead of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline to get down to 85 players.

They also moved on from veteran offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

The Patriots signed Hawkins on July 30.

Hawkins entered the league as a fourth-round choice of the Steelers in 2017. He started one of the five games he played as a rookie. Hawkins spent 2018 on injured reserve, played one game with Tampa after a 2019 trade and then returned to Pittsburgh last year.

Hawkins appeared in 13 games in 2020.