The Patriots are continuing to make it clear that they’re very happy with the young receivers on their roster.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team has released veteran wide receiver Michael Jenkins on Thursday. Jenkins has been hampered by a hamstring injury recently, which didn’t do him any favors in a battle for snaps against rookies Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins.
Jenkins was a 2004 first-round pick by the Falcons and spent the first seven years of his career in Atlanta before jumping to the Vikings for the last two seasons. Jenkins used his height, he stands 6-foot-4, to help him to 354 catches over those nine years, but his experience didn’t wind up doing him any favors in New England. That’s not much of a surprise when you add Danny Amendola to the list of receivers who have locked up jobs and Julian Edelman to those running ahead of Jenkins in the pecking order.
Jenkins joins the now-retired Donald Jones and Lavelle Hawkins as veteran receivers let go by the Patriots well ahead of the cutdown date to 53 players. That will give him time to latch on somewhere else, as Hawkins did in San Francisco, although his relative lack of speed may limit his options since it’s been several years since he threatened defenses down the field.