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Patriots release veteran WR Devin Street; roster back at 90 players

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The veteran wide receiver was a long-shot to make the Patriots' roster.

Earlier today, it was reported that the New England Patriots made yet another addition to their wide receiver corps. After having him in for a visit last week, the team signed veteran free agent Andrew Hawkins to a one-year contract. The 31-year old will join a deep wide receiver corps – one that just got a bit lighter.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the team waived wideout Devin Street and is now back at the 90-man offseason roster limit:

Source: to make room for WR Andrew Hawkins, the Patriots will waive WR Devin Street.

After spending the first two years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, the team that made him a fifth round draft pick in 2015 released Street during September’s roster cuts. It did not take long for him to find a new home, though: Only two days after his release, the Patriots signed him to their practice squad.

After two weeks in New England, the Pittsburgh product had to move again. This time, his destination was the Indianapolis Colts, who signed Street from the Patriots’ practice squad to their active roster. In Indianapolis, he appeared in five games but caught only one pass for 20 yards. By May 1, Street was out of a job again – until the Patriots claimed him off waivers the following day.

Given the depth New England has at its wide receiver position, though, he was a long-shot to make the team. While he might have been a candidate to earn a position on the practice squad, his release is a clear indicator that the team will move forward with the higher-upside options at the position.