Patriots release Nate Washington: 3 ripple effects
1. Pats are taking youth over veteran experience at the No. 5 wideout spot.
At its very core, the release of Washington indicates that the Patriots are going to take a younger, fresh pair of hands at the No. 5 wide receiver slot on the depth chart over Washington’s soon-to-be 33-year-old mitts. That is noteworthy, because Washington is known for his pinpoint route running ability, reliable hands and veteran prowess; this writer thought he would click well with Tom Brady when the Patriots signed him, but evidently that was not the case.
Pessimistic, optimistic and realistic projections for Nate Washington in 2016
Again, this move opens the door for Harper, Martin or Dobson to fill the No. 5 role. None of those guys are over the age of 26, it should be noted. And remember, we’re pegging Mitchell as a roster lock at just 23 years of age.
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We wish Washington the best of luck in his next chapter, whatever that may be.