Things change pretty fast in Foxborough. The New England Patriots are doing drastic changes to the active roster, and this time they released wide receiver Bennie Fowler. The team even got a replacement for him.
The Patriots signed OL Cole Croston to their active roster from the practice squad. Bennie Fowler was released, and Riley McCarron was signed to the practice squad.
The Patriots released Croston during the final trimming of the roster, and then offered him a contract for the practice squad. The team signed him as a rookie free agent out of Iowa on May, 2017. Croston made the active roster out of training camp last season, and played in three regular-season games and the AFC Championship Game. In his final two seasons, Croston combined to start 18 games at left and right tackle. He was also an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as senior.
The Patriots signed Fowler on Sept. 11, 2018. He entered the league as a rookie free agent with the Denver Broncos. Fowler spent his rookie season with the Broncos, and had his debut with the team in 2015. The 27-year-old player played in 45 regular-season games with five starts. He was able to catch 56 passes for 698 yards and five touchdowns. Fowler appeared in three postseason games with the Broncos in 2015. Chicago signed him on April 16, 2018, and then released him Sept. 1.
McCarron was added to the roster on Sept. 6, 2018. He had his NFL debut in the game against the Houston Texans, but was released on Sept. 10. McCarron spent his offseason with the Patriots, and was released during the final cut-down of the roster. He was then added to the practice squad. We do hope that Belichick is doing the right thing.
So, who will leave next? Will the Patriots sign another wide receiver?