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New England Patriots release Andre Holmes

The New England Patriots have decided to waive practice squad wide receiver Andre Holmes in a thoroughly unsurprising move, according to ESPN Boston’s Mike Rodak. Lavelle Hawkins- recently released by the Tennessee Titans- was just signed by the New England Patriots, and it sounds like the organization has plans for Hawkins. At least, the Patriots have bigger plans for Hawkins (a guy who has had some solid production in the NFL) than Holmes.

The Patriots have limited roster spots at the position and a crowded group of wide receivers, and there will obviously be more cuts to come. I wonder, though, how soon those cuts will be. The Pats currently have 88 players on the roster, with the maximum being 90. 11 of those guys are wide receivers, which makes it less surprising to see Holmes going out the door. It will be interesting to see if UCF product Kamar Aiken is the next guy out in New England, but I think the wide receivers on the roster are safe for now.

Holmes is 24 years old and was a practice squad addition earlier in the year. The Patriots first wide receiver to be released following the draft was last year’s seventh-rounder Jeremy Ebert, and he offered more to the Pats- at least, that’s what I think- than Holmes did. This release was inevitable, but I am sure Holmes will be able to latch onto somebody else’s practice squad as a developmental project. I feel like Cincinnati product and this year’s UDFA Kenbrell Thompkins is Holmes’s replacement on the practice squad.

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