The Keshawn Martin release was a surprise. The Pats gave him a contract extension in January with a reported $600,000 in guarantees. Martin hardly practiced in training camp, and he suffered an injury in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants. He limped through the locker room after the game with his left foot wrapped.
This release could be a signal that rookie receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who suffered an ugly looking injury in the preseason opener, could be ready by Week 1. It's unlikely that the Pats would enter that game with just two healthy wideouts. This also could be a signal that Danny Amendola will not start the year on the PUP, the story concluded.