Hart: Lots of guys on the bubble

Hart: Lots of guys on the bubble
August 30, 2013, 10:45 pm
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The Patriots began trimming their roster on Friday, cutting 10 players including tight ends, Jake Ballard and Daniel Fells.

The Sports Tonight crew sorted through the cuts.

Earlier this month, Andy Hart said that Fells deserved to be the starting tight end in Rob Gronkowski's absence. How did he handle the news?

"The move surprised me, I'm not gonna lie," said Hart.

The move could be for a good reason, as it implies Gronkowski is probably closer to returning than most had previously thought.

New England has a pretty manageable early schedule, facing the Bills, Jets and Bucs. If they can get through that stretch without Gronk, they'd get him back just in time to face the Falcons, Bengals and Saints.

But the cuts aren't done just yet.

The Patriots still have to trim 12 more players from their roster by 6pm on Saturday.

A number of running backs appear to be on the bubble, including Brandon Bolden, LeGarrette Blount, and Leon Washington.

On the defensive line, Jermaine Cunningham and Jake Bequette could find themselves on the outside looking in.

And in the secondary, Adrian Wilson and Tavon Austin are candidates to be cut. Wilson's signing in the offseason was thought to be a big upgrade for the Patriots.

One name not on that list was Tim Tebow.

Hart says the Patriots committed to a long-term plan when they signed Tebow.