Pats Release WR Ellington
By Kevin Duffy
Bruce Ellington’s stay in Foxboro lasted just shy of two months.
The Patriots waived the veteran slot receiver with an injury designation, further thinning the depth at the position.
Ellington, who played for the Texans and Lions this past season, had been signed by the Pats during the opening week of free agency.
His release clears a roster spot for veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, who is expected to sign later this week.
Following the Ellington move, New England’s receiver depth chart is led by Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, rookie N’Keal Harry, second-year pro Braxton Berrios, and Maurice Harris.
Josh Gordon remains indefinitely suspended by the NFL. Demaryius Thomas could become a factor at some point, but he’s just over four months removed from an Achilles tear.
A shifty 5-foot-9 receiver, Ellington figured to be on the roster bubble in training camp. He caught 31 passes for 224 yards last season. Ellington dealt with hamstring issues throughout the year.
The move could open the door for Berrios, who spent his rookie season on injured reserve, or for an undrafted free agent.
The Pats brought in three receivers after the draft: Jakobi Meyers of N.C. State, Ryan Davis of Auburn, and Xavier Ubosi of UAB.
Ubosi is a perimeter receiver, while Meyers and Davis both operate out of the slot. At 6-foot-2, 203 pounds, Meyers brings unique size to the position. He caught 92 passes for 1,047 yards this past fall. At Auburn, Davis was the go-to slot receiver for new Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
The Pats will continue to explore their options at receiver in the summer and in the early months of the regular season. The club’s pursuit of other wideouts likely depends on the status of Thomas and Gordon.