The Patriots are releasing wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, their 2016 fourth-round pick, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The news comes days after the team placed Jordan Matthews on injured reserve and signed veteran Eric Decker to replace him.
In the days leading up to training camp, the Patriots were reportedly trying to trade Mitchell, though nothing materialized. And now, two weeks later, the team will move on, leaving behind a still-crowded depth chart at the position.
NE WR Malcolm Mitchell - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 1 vs. Chiefs
Mitchell is likely the third or fourth wide receiver on the Patriots depth chart, depending on if he'll play on the outside if Chris Hogan moves to the slot in 3-WR sets after Julian Edelman tore his ACL. As such, his snap count is unknown, and he's too risky to put in your lineups Week 1.