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2018 Patriots roster cuts: New England releases wide receiver K.J. Maye

Maye was a long shot to make the team in the first place.

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The New England Patriots’ roster is down to 73 players after the team has parted ways with another one of its depth players. According to NESN’s Doug Kyed, the team will move on from wide receiver K.J. Maye – the second time that New England parts ways with him:

The Patriots released WR K.J. Maye, per source.

K.J. Maye went unselected during the 2016 NFL draft and was picked up by the New York Giants as a free agent. However, he was unable to stick with the team and was on the open market from August to December 2016, when the Tennessee Titans added him to their practice squad. The Titans ultimately signed the 5’8, 190 lbs wideout to a futures contract after his rookie year, but decided to waive him shortly afterwards – paving his way to joining the Patriots for the first time.

Maye spent 2017’s training camp with the defending world champions but failed to make the roster and subsequently spent the entire season out of football. He was re-signed by the Patriots ahead of the preseason finale earlier last week but was not expected to make the team but instead offer depth at a wide receiver position that is lacking just that at the moment. Maye could return via the practice squad.