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Patriots release wide receiver Dontrelle Inman

Dontrelle Inman, Patriots

Following the reinstatement of wide receiver Josh Gordon, the New England Patriots are releasing wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, per The Athletic’s Nick Underhill.

The Patriots signed Inman on May 13th, after stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars, CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, Los Angeles Chargers, Chicago Bears, and Indianapolis Colts. Before then, Inman went undrafted in 2011 out of the University of Virginia.

For his career, Inman has tallied 158 receptions for 2,101 yards and 11 touchdowns. His highlight season throughout his career came with the then-San Diego Chargers in 2016. In that season, Inman recorded 58 receptions for 810 yards and four touchdowns; he played and started all 16 games for the season.

In 2018, Inman played with the Colts. He played nine games, started four, and recorded 28 receptions for 304 yards and three scores.

The release was an expected one, considering the depth amounting at the position for the Patriots. New England signed Maurice Harris, Demaryius Thomas, and Cameron Meredith to the roster in the 2019 offseason. In the draft, the team selected Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry in the first round; they also found Jakobi Meyers in the undrafted market; who has turned into a diamond in the rough.

The culmination of the Patriots efforts is a projected six-man unit as listed below:

  • Julian Edelman
  • N’Keal Harry
  • Josh Gordon
  • Demaryius Thomas
  • Jakobi Meyers
  • Maurice Harris

2018 starter Phillip Dorsett may be in-fold too, as well as special-teams ace Mathew Slater. But, with a stacked six-man group listed above, it’s going to be a tough rotation to crack in Foxborough. However, considering Inman is healthy, he should get another look by the end of training camp.