FOXBORO, Mass. (NEWS CENTER) - The Tim Tebow experiment with the New England Patriots is over. The fourth-year pro was among the 13 roster cuts to get the Patriots to their 53-man roster by Saturday's 6 p.m. deadline.
Tebow struggled throughout his three appearances this preseason completing 11 of 30 pass attempts for 145 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for 91 yards on 16 attempts.
Tebow spent the previous three seasons with Denver (2010-11) and the New York Jets (2012). He helped the Broncos reach the AFC divisional playoffs in 2011.
It marks the fourth time in five years the Patriots have entered the regular season with just two quarterbacks on their roster.
Among the other players released are defensive lineman Jermaine Cunningham. The 2010 second-round pick out of Florida played in 36 games, 14 of those starts, with the Patriots.
The other notable cut was starting punter Zoltan Mesko. In his three seasons as member of the Patriots, the 2010 fifth-rounder didn't miss a game and averaged 44.2 yards per punt.
The rest of the players released are veterans DL Justin Francis, LB Jeff Tarpinian, second-year pro DL Marcus Forston, and seven rookie free agents: LB Ja'Gared Davis, S Kanorris Davis, DB Dustin Green, OL Chris McDonald, DB Stephon Morris, WR Quentin SIms, and RB George Winn.
TE Rob Gronkowski was also removed from the physically unabled to perform list. If he would've remained there, the All-Pro tight end would've been forced to sit out the first six games.
The team also placed safety former Pro-Bowl saftey Adrian Wilson on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, thus ending his season. Wilson signed with New England in March after spending the previous 12 years with the Arizona Cardinals.