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Reports are coming out of New England that the Patriots have informed former second round pick Chad Jackson that he will be released. Veteran safety John Lynch has also been released.
The Patriots second round pick in 2006 hasn’t cemented a place on the team during his first two years and though he caught two TD passes in the preseason, the coaching staff must think he’s just not mentally ready to succeed at the NFL level. The move will leave Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Jabar Gaffney as the definite top three receivers.
Lynch signed as a free agent earlier in training camp. Judging by the comments released by Lynch and Bill Belichick, it’s not out of the question that we’ll see Lynch in a Patriots uniform sometime during the season.
My Take: Before the preseason I wouldn’t have been surprised if you told me Jackson was going to be cut. Seeing him score the two touchdowns in what was a dismal preseason to watch made me think he had a chance to make the team and contribute. Jackson being cut is probably good for the team, but in the back of my mind I just see a scenario where he catches on with another team, gets his head right and becomes a star. The Pats traded up to get him early in the second round and it just didn’t work out. Michael Felger will be pleased.