Jun 17, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots safety Shamiel Gary (31) attempts to intercept a pass intended for wide receiver Jeremy Johnson (84) during mini camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots Release WR's Jeremy Johnson, Reese Wiggins

The New England Patriots made a few minor roster moves yesterday, as they released Jeremy Johnson, and Reese Wiggins.

From Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston:

The New England Patriots waived rookie free-agent wide receivers Jeremy Johnson and Reese Wiggins on Thursday, the team announced. Both were longshots to make the club, as detailed in the “checking the locks” series.

As Reiss notes, both of these wideouts weren’t expected to make the final roster, as the Patriots are actually pretty well off at the receiver position. However this does bring the Pats’ roster count down to 87 players, which leaves them three open spots as training camp nears.

In my opinion, the top two places Bill Belichick should look to add some depth heading into camp is the tight ends, and the defensive line. If Rob Gronkowski can’t go at any point in camp, the Patriots will need others to step up, and fill his role for Tom Brady to run his offense.

Mike Reiss also notes that the Patriots carrying nine receivers into training camp is not normal, so he thinks they will add another wideout in the coming days. This will likely be a temporary signing, because as I mentioned earlier, the competition at this position is tough.

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