Versatile Patriots WR Retires and Plans to Go Back to the Navy

The New England Patriots lost another versatile WR to retirement. Julian Edelman retired not so long ago and head coach Bill Belichick struggled to replace him. Malcolm Perry is retiring, too. It’s not like he was the No.1 WR for the Patriots.

New England has an empty roster spot and Belichick will come up with the best way to use.

Perry’s retirement doesn’t come as a surprise. He joined the NBA in the 2020 NFL Draft as a seventh-round pick for the Miami Dolphins. The 25-year-old joined the NFL from the Naval Academy and split his time between several teams. The Patriots added him to the practice unit in 2021, but didn’t use him a lot during the regular season.

Belichick can replace the versatile Patriots WR immediately

The 2020 NFL season was the “busiest” season for the young receiver. He saw action in 9 games with the Dolphins and delivered nine receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown. Perry also had 3 rushes for 5 yards and one punt return for 12 yards.

What’s next on the list for Perry? Go back to the Navy.

It seems like Perry tried his chances outside the Navy, but it wasn’t really his thing. He was the second all-time rusher back in the days. Perry wasn’t a good fit for NFL teams.

Perry’s departure won’t leave a big void on the Patriots roster. N’Keal Harry is no longer part of the Patriots, too. Belichick traded for DeVante Parker early in the offseason and he will probably be the No.1 receiver for the team, followed by Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne. Belichick selected Tyquan Thornton in the 2022 NFL Draft and the rookie will try to leave a good impression in training camp. Nelson Agholor got a fancy deal with the Patriots last offseason but he was nothing but a disappointment for the team. The veteran WR showed flashes of greatness in spring OTAs and he has to deliver an impeccable performance in training camp. A poor performance will push him away from the team. Belichick has Tre Nixon and Lil’Jordan Humphrey on the depth chart too. So, yes, Perry’s retirement doesn’t make any change.