New England Patriots

Jun 15, 2021; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Tre Nixon (59) participates in a drill during the New England Patriots mini camp at the New England Patriots practice complex. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

With the roster deadline less than 24 hours away, the New England Patriots continued to inch their way towards their final 53-man roster with the waiving of wide receiver Tre Nixon, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Drafted by the Patriots with the No. 242 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Nixon hauled in two of his three targets for 11 yards in Sunday’s preseason finale at MetLife Stadium. Nixon was always up against it in terms of making New England’s opening 53 out of the gate in 2021, and it didn’t help that he dealt with a multi-day absence earlier this month.

A three-year Knight at the University of Central Florida, Nixon was certainly noteworthy as the final pick made by longtime Patriots employee Ernie Adams, and made the jump to the NFL after a collegiate career that included 102 catches, 1,569 yards, and 13 touchdowns in 26 games between UCF and the University of Mississippi.

After spending 2018 and 2019 as a starter for UCF, the 6-foot-2 wideout totaled just 19 catches (and two touchdowns) and 260 yards in four games in a 2020 campaign limited by a shoulder injury. Prior to that injury-shortened finish to his NCAA run, Nixon’s best season with the Knights undoubtedly came in 2019 when he finished as the team’s second-leading receiver with 49 grabs for 830 yards and seven touchdowns on way to All-AAC honors.

If Nixon goes unclaimed, he’ll report to the Patriots’ practice squad, per Rapoport.

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