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Patriots Cut Dual Threat Undrafted Free Agent

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T

he potential second appearance for Julian Edelman will not be making his debut in a New England Patriots uniform.

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King was one of the first players signed by the Patriots after the 2022 NFL Draft. As a quarterback in college, King was willing to play multiple positions in New England.

“I spoke to (Patriots Director of Player Staff) Matt Groh and he loved it,” King told NESN’s Zack Cox. “…He told me I’m going to do a little bit of everything — receiver, quarterback, running back — whatever I can to keep going.

“…I’m definitely motivated, and you’ve got a chip on your shoulder whether you get drafted or not. I’ve played quarterback my whole life, but I think I can be a pretty good receiver as well.”

But the Patriots won’t use him at all since he was released on Monday. ESPN Insider Field Yates was the first to report the news.

In a bittersweet way, before reports of his release, the patriots tweeted images of King in a Patriots uniform alongside fellow rookies for the first time.

New England still has steps to take to sign all draft picks. So far, the Patriots have signed five of their 10 draft picks from the 2022 draft class.

While Marcus Jones, Kevin Harris, Sam Roberts, Chasen Hines and Andrew Struber have all signed on the dotted line, key draft picks like first-round pick Cole Strange and speedy wide receiver Tyquan Thornton are still without deals. Jack Jones, Pierre Strong Jr. and Bailey Zappe also remain without their rookie contracts.

Corresponding Michael Benzan (@patscap on Twitter) the Patriots can only sign two of their three fourth-round picks as of 2022.

“They need to make room to be able to sign the other 3 picks,” Benzan added.

Benzan added that before the departures of Devin Hafford and King, New England had $510,716 in cap space. The Patriots must either cut players or restructure ongoing contracts to increase that number.

Even after King left the team, New England has a fairly large and deep group of wide receivers.

Leading the group are DeVante Parker, Kendrick Bourne and Jakobi Meyers. Parker is the only wide receiver on the Patriots roster to ever eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

Bourne and Meyers led for New England in 2021. Meyers led the team with 866 yards while Bourne led receivers in touchdowns with five and also had 800 yards.

While their status with the team remains up in the air, New England also has N’Keal Harry and Nelson Agholor on the list. While trade rumors surround the two players, they are still on the Patriots roster and that could be the case once the 2022 regular season begins. Even if Thornton is drafted in the second round, he’s likely to make the final list.

So Patriots fans won’t see King running all over the field, and his NFL career now depends on another team having a shot at him.

Bourne and Meyers led for New England in 2021. Meyers led the team with 866 yards while Bourne led receivers in touchdowns with five and also had 800 yards.



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