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Patriots release wide receiver Kenny Britt, so what does this mean for other WRs?

Ryan Hannable
August 22, 2018 - 4:55 pm

After struggling to get on the field this summer, the Patriots have moved on from wide receiver Kenny Britt.

Britt's agent confirmed on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that his client has been released by the Patriots. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport was first to report the news.

The 29-year-old has been a very limited participant in Patriots practices this summer as he couldn't fully recover from a hamstring injury suffered during minicamp in June. It seems he just was so far behind that it wasn't worth keeping him around. The veteran wide out had his best season in 2016 with the Browns when he caught 68 passes for 1,002 yards and two touchdowns.

Britt signed in New England at the very end of last season and played in three regular season games, but was inactive for all three playoff games.

So, what does this mean for the wide receiver position?

It would appear with Britt out of the picture, Eric Decker, Riley McCarron, Braxton Berrios, Devin Lucien and Paul Turner are battling for likely only one roster spot. As of now, Decker seems the most likely candidate. With Julian Edelman suspended the first four games, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson and Matthew Slater are considered roster locks at this point.

Given no one on the bubble has done anything to say they are absolutely deserving of making the team, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Dez Bryant rumors pick up over the next few days.

The Patriots don't have much on the outside and that is what Bryant specializes in. With Britt in the picture it didn't make much sense, but now that he's gone, it does make a little more sense for the team.

With that being said, it likely isn't worth it given the team has a number of running backs capable of catching passes out of the backfield and come Week 5, Edelman will be back in the picture.

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