The New England Patriots drafted slot receiver Jeremy Ebert out of Northwestern last season, and he showed some consistent, slot qualities during his brief time in New England spent on the practice squad. Ebert, per Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, will be released by the team just a couple of days after the draft.
Ebert will be able to find work elsewhere, because a team that wants to add a project player in the slot will take him. The Pats drafted Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce in this year’s draft, and these two players have great upside and could be huge parts of this offense if all goes well. Dobson, in particular, is a player to be very excited about, and he projects to the “X” receiver position. Hopefully, the Patriots got this pick right, and there’s a lot to like about Dobson and Boyce.
But I think the undrafted free agent signing of T.J. Moe has sealed Ebert’s fate in New England. Being waived by a team at this stage of the game almost always means that the team is no longer interest in keeping you around, and it seems like the Patriots are indeed moving on from the very brief experiment with Ebert. Moe has excellent short-area quickness, and he looks like a guy who projects to the slot position better for New England. He was a steal of a deal in UDFA, and I think this is the guy the Patriots want to keep over Ebert. They also signed Kenbrell Thompson out of Cincinnati in UDFA, so wide receivers like Ebert were expected to be cut.
Let’s see where Ebert ends up in the future, as he had a good career at Northwestern and looked like an interesting project player for the Patriots. This release comes as no surprise, though, and it’s most likely for the better.
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