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New England Patriots release Jabar Gaffney


In a surprising turn of events, the New England Patriots released wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, who was once viewed as the favorite for the No. 3 wide receiver spot. He injured his knee in training camp, but the release of fellow veteran receiver Donte’ Stallworth made it seem like Gaffney was a near lock to make the roster.

Not so, and the Patriots will role with Deion Branch as the No. 3 receiver, as he played well in camp and was a standout in Monday’s preseason game. He has a good rapport with Tom Brady and has been running routes well and consistently making catches.

After catching nearly 70 passes for 954 yards last season, Gaffney has shown that he is a productive receiver and should sign on somewhere else after being released early as a courtesy to the veteran. He is still a solid wide receiver, so hopefully he recovers from that injury and can get somewhere soon.

Seventh-round pick Jeremy Ebert now has a shot at making the roster, so we’ll see how things develop for him.

The Patriots claimed wide receiver Kerry Taylor from the Minnesota Vikings yesterday, and he will be receiving plenty of snaps in the final preseason game against the New York Giants in order to see if he practice squad material for the Pats. Taylor played for the Green Bay Packers practice squad before latching on to the Vikings and was a UDFA out of Arizona State.

Wide receiver Wes Welker returned to practice after missing Friday’s game due to what Welker called “personal issues”.

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