The first big surprises of cut day came early.
The Hoyer news was first reported by Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio. The Patriots later confirmed all the moves Friday night.
Back in May, we wondered which veteran receivers would survive the crowded Patriots group. For the guys on the bubble, the answer proved to be: None.
Rapoport reported that the plan was to gauge Hoyer's trade value or have him take a lesser salary, but clearly those avenues didn't work out.
The Koppen news doesn't come as a great surprise, although it couldn't have been easy for coach Bill Belichick, considering Koppen's long history with the team. Koppen has struggled to recover from injuries, however.
As Belichick has shown time and again, he's not sentimental with roster spots. He's worried about what you can do in the future, not what you have done in the past.