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Patriots plan to release Donald Jones

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The Patriots spent the offseason collecting receivers in bulk, but have apparently decided in advance of camp to thin the herd.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Patriots are releasing Donald Jones. He was signed to a three-year deal this offseason after his time with the Bills, but it didn’t take them nearly that long to decide his fate.

The move clears the decks for draft picks Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce to earn time alongside veteran Danny Amendola.

They also brought Michael Jenkins and Lavelle Hawkins in this offseason. Other than Amendola, there’s not a lot standing in the way of the rookies having a chance.

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22 Responses to “Patriots plan to release Donald Jones”
  1. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 19, 2013 4:03 PM

    Dobson and Boyce better be spending 12 hours a day studying their playbooks. The Pats offense is notoriously hard for receivers to learn.

  2. heeeeelzfan says: Jul 19, 2013 4:04 PM

    Sales of programs at Pats first home game should skyrocket.

  3. jakec4 says: Jul 19, 2013 4:07 PM

    Tom Brady forced to make chicken salad out of chicken you know what with that weak looking group of receivers.

  4. rc33 says: Jul 19, 2013 4:07 PM

    No $$ guaranteed. No harm, no foul.
    Still, I thought this guy might stick.

  5. jagwires says: Jul 19, 2013 4:09 PM

    A bit of a surprise. I wonder if something happened that we don’t know about yet? Seems to me they would at least let the guy compete in training camp.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he ran into legal problems.

  6. ampats says: Jul 19, 2013 4:10 PM

    Cutting him before camp? They had three roster spots open and now have 4 spots open. Could the Pats be adding some veterans ie Dallas Clark, John Abraham for camp?

  7. tedmurph says: Jul 19, 2013 4:11 PM

    Dobson and Boyce were hurt during minicamp, this must mean they’re ready to go. I hope someone can beat out MJenkins. If not, they’ve got problems. He can’t run anymore.

  8. whatnojets says: Jul 19, 2013 4:17 PM

    Next thing you’ll hear is that they will release Tom Brady……Hell…they have Tebow now, No reason to hold on to that “old grumpy” flake!!

  9. superhotbug says: Jul 19, 2013 4:32 PM

    Looks like New England is in a rebuilding year

  10. scothawk says: Jul 19, 2013 4:49 PM

    I released him months ago in my dynasty team.

    I guess they are following my lead.

  11. tedmurph says: Jul 19, 2013 5:07 PM

    For the 9th consecutive year, the Pats are in rebuilding mode. I guess 11-5 would be kinda like rebuilding… for them.

    Don’t think the Pats were too happy with their receiver situation all along. They tried to get ESanders, and I think were surprised when Pitts matched. Too bad, I think he would’ve been good in this system.Then they drafted the two rooks. This was even before the Hernandez thing. …and Brady gets one more yr older.

  12. cowboyhater says: Jul 19, 2013 5:22 PM

    Wow! Didn’t realize how weak their wr corps was. Should be interesting to see how Tom Brady molds these guys into a efficient passing offense. My money is on Brady to succeed. The guy is just that good, and I’m not even a pat fan.

  13. mrtampa says: Jul 19, 2013 5:37 PM

    It might have a lot to do with the $200,000 bonus he was going to get when he showed up for training camp….they must have seen what they needed to during ota’s from either him, the other vets they signed, or the rookies.

  14. patsfan3776 says: Jul 19, 2013 6:11 PM

    Rebuilding year…that’s too funny….they haven’t won less than 10 games since 2002..c’mon

  15. andrewsteindione says: Jul 19, 2013 6:12 PM

    Why would you assume he ran into legal problems? He was nothing but a model player, on and off the field, in Buffalo.

    Sometimes, there just isn’t enough room, and there’s no point in stringing somebody along.

  16. surfinbird1 says: Jul 19, 2013 6:50 PM

    Maybe Randy is coming back.

  17. patriotsdefense says: Jul 19, 2013 7:04 PM

    Write down the name Kenbrell Thompkins, he is an undrafted rookie WR who blew the coaches away at mini-camp.

  18. bennyb82 says: Jul 19, 2013 7:38 PM

    Lions should sign him. Between Burleson and Broyles, there is bound to be an injury at some point. Jones is definitely a poor man`s slot guy but that does not mean he is not good. With that said, the Lions seem to be fine inserting a Robiskie when the time comes…unfortunately.

  19. sandypar77 says: Jul 19, 2013 7:47 PM

    Chan Gaileys leftovers, no thanks. I’m rooting for Hawkins, local kid to break out. Highly unlikely, but rooting just the same!!

  20. blspears says: Jul 19, 2013 11:51 PM

    Bellicheck is so smart bringing receivers that either get hurt alot or plain suck. He should go back watch film from a few years ago when Reche Caldwell is dropping touchdown passes in the playoffs and then they are eliminated.

  21. j0esixpack says: Jul 20, 2013 9:32 AM

    In the last 13 years the Patriots “rebuilding” years have all resulted in winning the AFC East at minimum.

    The season when their #1 WR was Reche Caldwell (who couldn’t find a job with the worst NFL team the following season) they came close to going to the Super Bowl.

    I think they’ll be alright as long as the OL keeps Brady healthy

  22. Ridley Me This says: Jul 20, 2013 2:34 PM

    the last time the patriots were in a rebuilding year they went to the super bowl.

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