Bryant, Hobson, Gutierrez among Patriots cuts

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The New England Patriots made some striking moves to get their roster down to the 53-man limit.

Most surprising was their decision to cut CB Fernando Bryant, the player they signed to replace Pro Bowler Asante Samuel, who departed via free agency. They also cut LB Victor Hobson, who started 14 games last year for the New York Jets.

Also a bit unexpected was their decision to cut QB Matt Gutierrez and keep Matt Cassel to back up Tom Brady. Gutierrez outplayed Cassel, but the Patriots coaching staff obviously went with experience.

They placed T Oliver Ross on the non-football injury list and LB Bo Ruud and DL Kenny Smith on injured reserve. They released the following 14 players:

DL Titus Adams
CB Fernando Bryant
TE Tyson DeVree
S Mark Dillard
C Mike Flynn
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis
QB Matt Gutierrez
LB Victor Hobson
LB Vince Redd
CB Mike Richardson
T Stephen Sene
DB Antwain Spann
DL Santonio Thomas
G John Welbourn