The New England Patriots are getting ready for the regular season, meaning that head coach Bill Belichick will have to trim down the roster. The Patriots have just released a wide receiver.
The preseason ended, and the Patriots did a really good job. It’s been less than 24 hours after their last game, and they are already releasing “extra” players. Making the 53-man roster is a great deal for most players. Yes, it’s a great deal for those who haven’t secured their spot yet, and this wide receiver had to go.
The Patriots released Paul Turner. Many fans would say that he is actually the first victim of the summer.
Christopher Price of the Boston Sports Journal confirmed the info, noting that the Patriots released the wide receiver. Turner was signed after the team released tight end Troy Niklas. The wide receiver didn’t have a good chance of making the roster.
Turner signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016. He played with the Eagles that year, but missed the 2017 season. He also played with the New Orleans Saints, and signed a contract with the club in January. The wide receiver caught 9 of 14 targets for 126 yards.
In the finale against New York on Thursday, Turner was a target four times, but he couldn’t haul in a catch. It seems like his game wasn’t enough for Belichick to keep him.
This only fuels the rumors of the Pats’ receiver spot. There were too many injuries and releases. Malcolm Mitchell, Jordan Matthew and Kenny Britt had to go. Eric Decker decided it was time to leave, too. He announcement his retirement before the preseason finale.
If you take a closer look at the unit, you’ll see that the team will enter the regular season with Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson, Phillip Dorsett and Riley McCarron. Julian Edelman is suspended, remember?