Before even taking a preseason snap for the New England Patriots, wide receiver Jordan Matthews has been released following what some are saying was a “serious” hamstring injury. Christopher Price of the Boston Sports Journal has confirmed the release.

Despite staying relatively healthy in his first three seasons with the Eagles, Matthews appeared in just 10 games last year with the Bills. Matthews was an intriguing signing for the Patriots in the offseason given his talent. However, his ability to recover and stay healthy was a concern. If the rumors are true, then it seems an injury has derailed his Patriot career before it ever really began.

The news coincides with the increased chatter of an Eric Decker signing. Back in June, Decker expressed interest in playing for the Patriots and now it the fit seems a bit more appropriate for the team. Whether or not he joins the Patriots in the coming days remains to be seen. The team is still fairly deep at the position. Especially given the early usage of another newcomer, Cordarrelle Patterson. And the strong camp thus far for Philip Dorsett.

Decker spent the first four seasons of his career in Denver before a three-year stint with the Jets. Last year with the Titans, Decker played in all 16 games, hauling in 54 passes for 563 yards and one touchdown.

– Ian Glendon is the Editor-In-Chief of Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on and Facebook.

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