Patriots Release Versatile Playmaker, Re-Sign Veteran

The New England Patriots made a few moves these days and some players had to leave the team. They cut Lynn Bowden Jr. on Wednesday and this move didn’t come as a surprise to most NFL analysts. They also made a move to re-sign a veteran player.

Bowden is a former third-round pick for the Las Vegas Raiders. They got him in 2020, hoping to get the best from the former Paul Hornung Award winner. Bowden was brilliant at Kentucky and his versatility impressed coaches. The Wildcats used him as a quarterback, wide receiver, rusher, and even kick returner. You don’t really get all this from one player, right?

The Raiders didn’t play Bowden in 2020 and sent him to the Miami Dolphins a few months later. In 10 games with the Dolphins, Bowden had 28 receptions for 211 yards and nine carries for 32 yards. He suffered a hamstring injury in training camp the following season and the Dolphins cut him in August 2020.

The Patriots got Bowden in September 2022. He saw only 14 regular season snaps in one game last year, but the team still offered him a reserve/futures deal in January. They cut him because Belichick had to trim the roster to 90 players. He didn’t need another receiver and there was no room for Bowden.

Patriots re-sign veteran cornerback to fill the final roster spot

Tae Hayes saw action in two games last season. He had three tackles and the patriots want to see more from him this season.

Hayes went undrafted in 2019. He made a few stops in the NFL and was part of the Carolina Panthers practice unit in 2022. The Patriots got him in December 2022, offering him a two-year deal in January. However, the team waived him in February.

The veteran cornerback played 13 NFL games so far and delivered 16 tackles, two pass deflections, and a fumble recovery. The Patriots would love to see more from him this time.