The New England Patriots have reportedly made their first roster move of the training camp portion of the season. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, they have released tight end Troy Niklas and signed wide receiver Paul Turner.
Niklas, 25, signed with the Patriots as a free agent in April. He entered training camp in, at best, the fourth spot on the TE depth chart behind Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen, and Jacob Hollister. He caught at least one pass on Friday in training camp, but apparently it wasn’t good enough to keep him around.
Turner, meanwhile, last played in an NFL game in 2016 with the Philadelphia Eagles. The 5-foot-10 wideout was cut before the start of the 2017 season, then signed a futures contract with the New Orleans Saints in January.
The 25-year-old Turner joins a wide receiver group that still includes Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Mitchell, Kenny Britt, Jordan Matthews, Riley McCarron, and rookie Braxton Berrios. As for the tight ends, there’s still at least two roster spots to be settled after Gronkowski. It’s down to Allen, Hollister, Will Tye, and rookies Ryan Izzo and Shane Wimann.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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