The New England Patriots’ depth chart out wide will take shape without Braxton Berrios.
New England is waiving the second-year slot receiver, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Saturday morning, as the 4 p.m. ET roster deadline edges closer.
Berrios spent all of his rookie season on injured reserve after arriving in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL draft out of Miami.
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound target caught three passes for 45 yards in this August’s opener against the Detroit Lions while doubling as a punt returner, but lost 53-man momentum in subsequent weeks. A throw sent Berrios’ direction would be intercepted by former Patriots defensive back Logan Ryan versus the Tennessee Titans. And Berrios, who was sidelined for New England’s dress rehearsal, was not targeted over the course of 10 offensive snaps in Thursday night’s preseason finale versus the New York Giants.
Berrios’ odds grew long in the company of veterans Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Josh Gordon and Demaryius Thomas. First-round pick N’Keal Harry and undrafted free agent Jakobi Meyers, who led the league in preseason receptions and receiving yards, round out the projected picture.
Berrios is a candidate to monitor for New England’s practice squad if unclaimed Sunday.
The Patriots, however, have seen a total of seven players claimed off waivers over the last two Labor Day weekends.