New England Patriots release Kamar Aiken

The New England Patriots decided to bring in 11 players in for a work out yesterday, and there were several notable names on the list like quarterback Graham Harrell, running back Jonathan Dwyer, and wide receiver Chad Bumphis. However, one move that somewhat got lost in the shuffle was the Patriots decision to cut ties with Kamar Aiken, who was stashed on the injured reserve list.

New England Patriots wide receiver Kamar Aiken catches a pass during minicamp at the practice fields of Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Aiken was fighting for a roster spot in training camp, and he made it past cuts to Donald Jones, Lavelle Hawkins, and Michael Jenkins. While he was never expected to actually make the roster (it would have been very unlikely for the Patriots to keep seven wide receivers on the roster), he played well during OTAs, minicamp, and training camp and looked to have a spot on the practice squad. It wasn’t much of a surprise when it was announced that the New England Patriots had stashed Kamar Aiken on the I.R., because it made sense for the Patriots to allow him to sit out another year and try to crack the roster next year.

But the Patriots cut ties with Aiken from the injured reserve list for whatever reason, and it will be interesting to see if Aiken can find a practice squad to latch on to. He definitely should, because he showed some flashes during training camp despite never doing anything in the preseason. He’s not worthy of making anyone’s roster, but Aiken has an interesting frame and enough talent to work with on the practice squad.



Topics: Kamar Aiken, New England Patriots

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