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: