Patriots release WR Michael Jenkins
The New England Patriots announced on Thursday that they have released veteran wide receiver Michael Jenkins as they continue to try and get younger.
Jenkins signed with the Patriots in March of this year, says the team site, and the Patriots were only the third different team roster he had been on. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons and has also played for the Minnesota Vikings.
Jenkins had been competing with rookies in the Patriots training camp but was struggling due to a hamstring injury according to NBC Sports. The nine-year veteran does have time before the deadline team’s have to cut their roster’s down to 53 players to find a new team to play for.
Danny Amendola is already locked in as the Patriots No. 1 receiver for quarterback Tom Brady, and Julian Edelman is likely guaranteed a spot. These two, according to NFL.com, will likely be joined by rookies Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins, and Josh Boyce as the Patriots wide receivers.
If this holds true, coach Bill Belichick will be straying from his norm when it comes to his wideouts. Usually, Belichick surrounds Brady with veteran receivers, such as Wes Welker and Deion Branch. Branch was actually re-signed by the Patriots a few different times after his departure from the team in 2005, having been brought back to give Brady a familiar set of hands on the field.
With a brand new set of receivers it will interesting to see if Brady has similar results to those he has shown during the rest of his Hall of Fame career, as he gets familiar with his new teammates.