The New England Patriots have waived wide receiver Britt Davis, and nobody is surprised that the move has happened. A developmental project, the high point of Davis’s year so far was his three-yard touchdown catch in the preseason opener. Otherwise, he was poor in that game. He suffered a shoulder bruise and will be out for 2-3 weeks, and the Pats and Davis reached an injury settlement.
It will be interesting to see if anybody wants to claim Davis and believes that he is a wide receiver who they can successfully develop. He has in-game experience, as he appeared in three games back in 2010 with the Denver Broncos.
The 26-year-old and former UDFA out of Northern Illinois was the longest of long shots to make the Patriots roster. Britt Davis has no special teams value either, but he is a good run blocker at the wide receiver position.
The Patriots can claim him by the sixth week in the season, but I doubt that happens. It looks like the 6’3″, 205 pound receiver and the Patriots are moving on. It’s for the better as well, because the only thing that Davis has to offer right now is his run blocking and size. He has well below-average hands, and I just don’t see the “upside” people are talking about with him. We’ll see if anyone decides to claim him, but he won’t be making anybody’s 53-man roster any time soon.
The Patriots now have 88 players on their 90-man roster after waiving Dane Fletcher (out for the season) and Britt Davis. Hopefully nobody claims Fletcher, and the fact that he can’t play for the 2012 season with the torn ACL makes it more likely that nobody will claim him.
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