Jordan Matthews tenure with the Patriots came to an abrupt end this week as the team announced his release on Wednesday. New England signed him to a minimum one year deal in the spring.
Matthews injured his hamstring during practice over the weekend, and while most reports indicated that it wasn’t severe, the Patriots were clearly disappointed by either the medical diagnosis or Matthews performance so far throughout camp. This move comes as a surprise this early in camp, especially with such a depleted receiver corps.
This could mean a couple different things. First, it could mean that the Patriots are sold on Eric Decker after working him out on Tuesday. Second, it could mean that New England has significant confidence in Braxton Berrios and Riley McCarron as options at slot receiver.
While this seems like a head scratching move, it is still very early in camp and a lot has yet to be revealed about the Patriots true talent pool at receiver. Matthews may have just not been the fit that the team was looking for.
Until next time – B$