Pats Cut to 75, Tebow Still on the Team

Tebow survives Patriots roster cut to 75

AP Sports Writer=
       FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) _ Tim Tebow has survived the New England Patriots' mandatory roster cut to 75 players.

        The third-string quarterback faces another hurdle when all NFL teams must reduce their rosters on Saturday to the regular-season limit of 53.

        The Patriots released tight end Evan Landi and defensive lineman Anthony Rashad White, both rookies, on Tuesday.

        The moves came one day after they cut the roster from 84 to 77 players.

        Tebow is expected to see considerable playing time Thursday night against the New York Giants in the Patriots' final exhibition game. He played poorly in the first two games and did not play in the third.  

           A training camp filled with potential pitfalls went about as smoothly as the New England Patriots could have hoped.

        They addressed the Aaron Hernandez situation early, minimized the attention on Tim Tebow and found promising young wide receivers after losing their top two from last season.

        And star tight end Rob Gronkowski may be ready sooner than expected after back surgery.

        Now the AFC East champions in nine of the last 10 years must address on-field mistakes like those they made in a 40-9 exhibition loss to the Lions last Thursday.

        The Patriots have a soft schedule with only five games against teams that had winning records last year. They open the season on Sept. 8 against the Bills in Buffalo.

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