The New England Patriots announced today that they have released WR Malcolm Mitchell.
Mitchell, 25, was originally drafted by New England in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Georgia. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder appeared in 14 regular-season games with six starts as a rookie and totaled 32 receptions for 401 yards and four touchdowns. He started both postseason contests he appeared in and caught seven passes for 75 yards. In Super Bowl LII vs. Atlanta, Mitchell caught six passes for 70 yards, helping the Patriots overcome a 25-point deficit to win in overtime.
Mitchell suffered an injury during the 2017 preseason and spent the year on injured reserve.
Mitchell spent some time on the conditioning fields during training camp practices after undergoing a knee procedure last month. There was some hope over the weekend he could return after being seen at practice in pads — he did not participate with the team. Alas, the injury-plagued receiver isn’t healthy enough at this stage.
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The knee injury has remained an issue for Mitchell throughout training camp. The Patriots were reportedly shopping Mitchell earlier this summer, but have released him after failing to find a trade partner.
New England has struggled with injuries at wide receiver, releasing Jordan Matthews in late July following a hamstring injury, while 10-year NFL veteran Kenny Britt has been sidelined as well.
Mitchell’s release comes after the Patriots added veteran receiver Eric Decker to its wideout corps. New England is still dealing with depth issues with Julian Edelman’s looming four-game suspension, cutting Mitchell, releasing Jordan Matthews (hamstring) and Kenny Britt’s lingering hamstring injury. The current depth chart includes Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, Riley McCarron, Braxton Berrios, Devin Lucien and Paul Turner.
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