Earlier today, the New England Patriots started trimming down their roster by trading strong safety Jordan Richards to the Atlanta Falcons for a conditional seventh-round draft pick. It was the first move of cutdown weekend – and now, it looks as if the Patriots have made their first actual cut to bring their roster further down to 87 players.
According to the Boston Sports Journal’s Christopher Price, New England is parting ways with wide receiver Paul Turner:
The Patriots are waiving wide receiver Paul Turner, per a league source. The 25-year-old does have practice squad eligibility.
Even though the Patriots’ wide receiver position has seen quite a few changes since Turner was signed as a free agent last month, his roster outlook has not: the 25-year old constantly was at the bottom of the depth chart, having played only 59 offensive snaps during the Patriots’ four preseason contests. Turner, who also played 25 snaps in the kicking game, failed to register any statistics or stand out in any way.
The best case scenario for him therefore appears to be the following: after his release, he gets signed to New England’s or another team’s practice squad. Given his last month, however, even that is not guaranteed.