The Patriots made some big-name cuts on Sunday when they released three veterans on the defensive side of the ball: defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, defensive end Will Smith and linebacker James Anderson.
That's only the beginning. Bill Belichick and the Patriots staff will have to reduce the team's roster down to 75 players by tomorrow. Over the weekend there will be another series of cuts to get the team to 53 players for Week 1 of the regular season.
Some players will clear through waivers and land on the Patriots practice squad, but between the two cut-down dates, this is the week in which they'll have to release more than 30 players.
Quarterback Tom Brady told WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show that it's tough to see hard-working players relieved of their duties.
"Yeah it's a tough week," he said. "You've seen a lot of guys that have worked really hard for six months that are looking for the opportunity that maybe won't get a chance to get it with the New England Patriots. No one enjoys this week. It's kind of a necessary evil in this league. There's a lot of guys who won't get an opportunity here, but maybe they'll get an opportunity somewhere else. There's so many great players over the years who've left teams and been successful in other places. You just wish everybody the best of luck and the best of health and for them to continue their career somewhere else. And maybe, you never know, they could always be back here. But yes it's a tough week."