New England Patriots Set To Release WR Nate Washington Along With Long-Time Center Bryan Stork
In not so surprising news the New England Patriots are releasing wide-receiver Nate Washington, the surprising release on Wednesday was the one of center Bryan Stork who has been with the team since being drafted in 2014.
The 25-year-old Stork was a fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 2014 and had a terrific start to his NFL career, helping stabilize the New England offensive line at a key point that season. But an inability to stay on the field because of injury over the last year-plus — he played in only eight games in 2015 — and the ascension of undrafted free agent David Andrews combined to leave Stork on the outs.
Nate Washington on the other hand came to the Patriots in March as a free agent signing after a fairly successful career with the Titans, but Washington failed to stay on the field consistently over the course of the summer and was faced with serious competition at the back end of the receiver depth chart.
Washington was an expected cut with the Patriots going with a wide out core of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, Aaron Dobson, Chris Harper, and Keshawn Martin pending any additional cuts or roster moves. Not a bad group of players with high upside potential from Hogan, Harper, Martin, and potentially Dobson. Amendola and Edelman will be the go to guys if they can stay on the field which has been an issue in their careers.
As always the Patriots will use their tight ends a ton in the passing game with Rob Gronkowski and now Martellus Bennett. These two have the potential to be the new dynamic duo that can tear up the NFL’s secondary’s pending Gronk’s health. Another tight-end to watch out for in the passing game is new comer AJ Derby who has shown immense ability in camp along with making big plays in the preseason games.
With two more preseason games to go I fully expect the roster to continue to change as we move closer to the official opening day roster date.