The final cuts are in as the Patriots cut down to 53 players in preparation of the regular season, and there were a few surprises.
As we posted earlier the team cut quarterback Tim Tebow and punter Zoltan Mesko were two big names on the final cut list, but there were a few others that were notable as well.
The team cut former second round pick Jermaine Cunningham, who just never managed to stay healthy enough to carve out a role with New England's defense and has been a disappointment. Some had thought Bill Belichick might give him one last shot by putting him on injured reserve, but it appears they've instead opted to cut their losses and move on.
The team also announced they placed safety Adrian Wilson on injured reserve, which was somewhat of a surprise. Expectations were high for Wilson this year, and after a slow start he started to come on in recent weeks but apparently suffered an undisclosed injury that will have him sidelined for the season.
The remaining players who were let go were DL Justin Francis, LB Jeff Tarpinian, DL Marcus Forston, LB Ja’Gared Davis, S Kanorris Davis, DB Justin Green, OL Chris McDonald, DB Stephon Morris, WR Quentin Sims and RB George Winn.
That puts their current roster count at 51, but that doesn't mean everyone is safe. In all likelihood there will be a few players who survived the cut who will still be out tomorrow. With other players being released, the situation tends to be fluid and we'll probably see some of the other team's castoffs brought in - which will mean someone else will have to go.