The New England Patriots’ wide receiver corps has been the subject of much attention this preseason. Based on today’s actions, that attention (and possibly some scrutiny) is about to increase.
The Patriots are releasing veteran wideout Kenny Britt, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport (via a source informed of the situation.)
Most indications were that Britt was expected to contribute to the Pats in the regular season. With Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension to start the season, as well the release of Jordan Matthews and Malcolm Mitchell early in training camp, Britt was seen as a potential key cog in the wide receiving corps. However, he had been limited for much of training camp with a hamstring injury. He did not play in the Patriots’ two preseason games.
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The Patriots did make additions to the wide receiver position in training camp by signing Eric Decker and Devin Lucien. The current group includes Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, Riley McCarron, and rookie Braxton Barrios.
Given their current situation, the Patriots might be linked to rumors surrounding free agents such as Dez Bryant, Brandon LaFell and Jeremy Maclin. However, any tangible interest from the team regarding these wideouts has yet to be confirmed.
Britt, who turns 30 on Sept. 19, originally joined the Patriots on a two-year deal in December 2017 after the Cleveland Browns released him. He entered the league in 2009 out of Rutgers as a first-round pick (30th overall) with the Tennessee Titans and also played for the Los Angeles Rams.
On his career, Britt has appeared in 116 games with 76 starts, totaling 329 catches for 5,187 yards and 32 touchdowns.
-Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and National Columnist for Full Press Coverage Sports Media. He covers the NFL and the New England Patriots. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC