The New England Patriots are making all the necessary changes to make things work this offseason. It was a rough start for the team as Bill Belichick was forced to create a plan that doesn’t include Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer. His starting quarterback and the main backup need time to recover and Belichick had to trust his rookie quarterback. Bailey Zappe is doing a wonderful job and he may have secured his future in New England. Patriots fans can’t say the same for a fan-favorite acquisition.
According to several sources, the team decided to cut ties with Lil’Jordan Humphrey.
Humphrey may have a strong fan base, but his future was hanging in the air. The Patriots don’t have much room and Humphrey had to go. Tyquan Thornton has recovered completely and has already joined his teammates. In the win over the Detroit Lions, Thornton had two receptions for seven yards.
Patriots fans may get to watch the fan-favorite acquisition on the field again
Fans won’t be happy with this move at all. In the first five games of the regular season, the talented player caught two passes for 20 yards. Humphrey played 41 percent of the offensive snaps and marked an 82 percent usage rate in the game against the Baltimore Ravens. It’s interesting to note that Humphrey saw more playing time than Kendrick Bourne.
Mike Reiss can already see Humphrey join the Patriots practice unit.
“With rookie WR Tyquan Thornton off IR, the Patriots have some depth at receiver, which factors into the release of Lil’Jordan Humphrey,” Reiss tweeted. “Would anticipate Humphrey is a strong possibility to land back on the practice squad if he clears waivers.”
Damien Harris will miss time, meaning J.J. Taylor and Kevin Harris will probably be elevated from the practice unit to the active roster. There’s also a speculation suggesting that Humphrey can play with the Patriots again. Players get injured and has to be replaced during games. Belichick would gladly bring back someone who can perform at a high level. Will Humphrey get another chance?