New England Patriots

Dontrelle Inman of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the preseason game against the Detroit Lions on August 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Patriots announced on Sunday that they released wide receiver Dontrelle Inman. ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported earlier in the day that Inman had requested his release from the Patriots and the team obliged.

Inman’s request for a release came on the same day that the newly reinstated Josh Gordon was able to rejoin the Patriots in Foxboro. The Patriots did, however, also place Gordon on the non-football injury list, per Field Yates.

Inman started in Saturday’s 22-17 preseason win over the Titans and caught one of two targets for 17 yards. But the proverbial writing was on the wall for the six-year veteran, who gets a jump-start on possibly joining another team.

Aug 8, 2019; Detroit, MI: New England Patriots wide receiver Dontrelle Inman reaches for the goalline but comes up just short during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

Aug 8, 2019; Detroit, MI: New England Patriots wide receiver Dontrelle Inman reaches for the goalline but comes up just short during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

Assuming Gordon makes a quick return and meets the conditions of his reinstatement, he boosts the Patriots’ receiver depth chart and easily passes Inman in the pecking order. The longer training camp went on, the more apparent it became that Inman was consistently behind Jakobi Meyers, Braxton Berrios, and Maurice Harris for first-team reps. As long as Gordon is on the field, it will become harder for everyone else to earn their targets.

Saturday was Inman’s best opportunity to set himself apart, as the Pats have dealt with a rash of injuries at receiver. On Sunday, he realized where he was headed with the team to this point. All things considered, this sounds like a mutual agreement to part ways.

Rookie N’Keal Harry, Phillip Dorsett, and Harris all missed Saturday’s game as they deal with injuries, while Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thomas remain on the NFI/PUP lists. If and when they get healthy, there’s no room for Inman on the Patriots’ roster.

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