Some intriguing wide receivers have fallen victim to roster cuts this weekend. Could any of them pique the New England Patriots’ interest?
The Patriots currently have questionable depth in their receiving corps, as they’re set to enter Week 1 with a depth chart of Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson and special teamer Matthew Slater. (Julian Edelman, the team’s No. 1 wideout, is suspended for the first four games, and Riley McCarron reportedly was waived Saturday.)
New England does have talented offensive weapons elsewhere in tight end Rob Gronkowski, running backs James White and Rex Burkhead and, of course, quarterback Tom Brady. But it wouldn’t be surprising to see Bill Belichick’s squad add another receiver to the mix ahead of next Sunday’s season opener against the Houston Texans.
Below are some names that have become available ahead of Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline, before which each team must trim its roster from 90 players to 53. This list will be updated as roster cuts continue. (Asterisks indicate transactions that have not been announced by the team.)
Braxton Miller, waived by Houston Texans: Miller, a former Ohio State quarterback, lasted just two seasons in Houston after being drafted in the third round in 2016. He’s caught 34 career passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns and already has missed 11 games due to injury. Still, Miller is an elite athlete who could benefit from a change of scenery. The Patriots got a good look at him when they practiced with the Texans last summer.
Corey Coleman, released by Buffalo Bills: Coleman, whose exit from Cleveland was captured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” lasted less than a month with the Bills, who chose to eat the $3.5 million in guaranteed money the wideout was owed rather than keep him around. The 2016 first-round pick has shown flashes but hasn’t lived up to his draft status, catching 56 passes for 718 yards and five touchdowns over his two NFL seasons. He’s also missed 13 games.
Brandon Tate, released by New Orleans Saints: Tate began his career with New England in 2009 before spending five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and two with the Buffalo Bills. He’s more of a kick/punt return specialist, having caught just 16 total passes over the past three seasons.
Michael Floyd, released by New Orleans Saints: Floyd had a cup of coffee with the Patriots late in the 2016 season. The 28-year-old spent last year with the Minnesota Vikings, catching 10 passes for 78 yards and no touchdowns in 11 games.
Mose Frazier, waived by Carolina Panthers: Frazier caught just four passes during the preseason, but three of them resulted in touchdowns, including one against the Patriots. The 2016 undrafted free agent has spent time on four different practice squads and has appeared in just one regular-season game.
Leonte Carroo, waived by Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins traded up to draft Carroo in the third round in 2016, but he didn’t produce much for them in two seasons, catching just 10 total passes for 96 yards and one touchdown. Carroo put up big numbers during his three years at Rutgers, averaging 19.5 yards per catch and racking up 29 touchdown receptions.
Breshad Perriman, waived by Baltimore Ravens: Perriman, a 2015 first-round pick, caught more passes this preseason (11) than he did in 11 regular-season games last year (10).
Kendall Wright, released by Minnesota Vikings: Wright had some very good seasons for the Tennessee Titans early in his career, including a 94-catch, 1,079-yard campaign in 2013. A veteran slot receiver who was drafted 20th overall in 2012, Wright signed a one-year contract with the Vikings this spring but failed to beat out Laquon Treadwell, Stacy Coley and Brandon Zylstra for a roster spot behind starters Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.
Nick Williams, waived by Tennessee Titans: Williams’ best season came with the Atlanta Falcons in 2015, when he caught 17 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound slot receiver has played sparingly since then, appearing in just three games over the past two seasons. He got a lot of punt/kick return work during his college career at UConn, though he’s seldom been used in that capacity since entering the NFL in 2013.
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