Talented but inconsistent to the end, WR Aaron Dobson cut by Patriots

Talented but inconsistent to the end, WR Aaron Dobson cut by Patriots

Earlier in camp, Bill Belichick called the Patriots’ wide receiver competition as good as he could recall. 

Now, a month later, the team is heaving the wideouts that didn’t make it overboard.

Aaron Dobson and DeAndre Carter have both been let go, according to a source. Dobson, a second-rounder in 2013, was plagued by injuries and a less-than urgent playing style during his three seasons with the team.

The past two preseason games summed up the Dobson experience nicely. Against the Panthers, he had some big-play receptions from both Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo. Dobson followed those up in the final preseason game with a half-hearted blocking effort on a wide-receiver screen on the game’s first play, being easily run through on a target by Brady that turned into a pick and a falling 38-yard reception.

Inconsistent to the end, Dobson will likely find a job somewhere by the beginning of the week.

Carter, who went undrafted in 2015 and was with the Ravens, was signed to the New England practice squad last January. The Sacramento State product is a likely practice squad addition once he passes through waivers.

The Patriots now have Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan at wideout. 

Among the other cuts as the Patriots get down to the final 53-man roster by 4 p.m. Saturday:

RB Tyler Gaffney, TD Markus Kuhn and WR Keshawn Martin.

DL Geneo Grissom, a former third round pick. 

LB Kamu Grugier-Hill.

CB Cre'Von LeBlanc.

RB Joey Iosefa. 

OL Chris Barker. 





Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.