Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 9:55am
Tom Curran of CSN New England reports that veteran wide receiver Nate Washington has been cut.
Washington signed with the Patriots in March and was part of what coach Bill Belichick called “probably as good” a competition for roster spots at the position as the team has had during Belichick’s tenure. Washington never made his way to the front of that competition, catching one pass for eight yards in two preseason outings, and will now have to find another team if he’s going to play a 12th NFL season.
The author didn't really say his opinion on who could emerge in that spot, but did say Carter and Harper can be placed on the practice squad while Dobson and Martin cannot. The author did say Carter is in the Edelman/Amendola mold which could provide some insurance since both are currently hurt.
The Patriots signed wide receivers Chris Hogan and Nate Washington as free agents this offseason and drafted two more wideouts in April, giving the team a variety of options to go with their holdovers from last year’s team.
We’re still in the early stages of camp, but coach Bill Belichick likes how the competition is coming together. Belichick said on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan that he thinks the battle for spots on the 53-man roster will be as or more heated than any other in his time with the team.
“I think our competition at receiver is good, it’s probably as good as it’s been since I’ve been here,” Belichick said.
Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola would seem to be secure in their roles at the top of the depth chart and Hogan seems a good bet to join them. If that’s the case, Washington, fourth-rounder Malcolm Mitchell, Keshawn Martin and the others would be trying to provide other skills to add to the mix. Don't forget, the team acquired Martellus Bennett to pair with Rob Gronkowski at TE and they plan to use a lot of two-TE sets.
Friday, January 8, 2016, 6:38pm
Texans WR Nate Washington (hip, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 18. The probable tag means that Washington is all but certain to face the Chiefs. His presence limits the upside of Cecil Shorts and Jaelen Strong.
Thursday, January 7, 2016, 6:15pm
Texans WR Nate Washington (hip) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Washington was unable to play through the hip injury last week, so he seems iffy for Saturday’s game against the Chiefs despite the return to practice.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 6:16pm
Texans WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. With Nate Washington iffy, Shorts’ availability will be key. If both players are out, Jaelen Strong would be a Sneaky Start as the likely starter opposite DeAndre Hopkins. Strong should play quite a bit if either Washington or Shorts is sidelined.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 6:16pm
Sunday, January 3, 2016, 7:10pm
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Texans WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Shorts has been ruled out for Week 17. Nate Washington has averaged 5.3-81-1.3 (on 9.0 targets per game) in the three games that Shorts has missed.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Texans WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. Shorts has been ruled out, so Nate Washington becomes a Sneaky Start. In the two games that Shorts missed earlier in the year, Washington posted 9-127-2 (against the Dolphins) and 4-74-1 (against the Titans). Jaelen Strong will also see more snaps.
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Texans WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Shorts has been ruled out, so Nate Washington becomes a Sneaky Start. In the two games that Shorts missed earlier in the year, Washington posted 9-127-2 (against the Dolphins) and 4-74-1 (against the Titans). Jaelen Strong will also see more snaps.
Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Texans WR Nate Washington (hip, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. Washington is good to go to face the Saints. It's a nice matchup, so Washington and Cecil Shorts are both Sneaky Starts.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:15pm
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