FOXBORO THE BRAND NEW England Patriots have parted ways with among their most highly-touted prospects at wide receiver.
At the very least, for the present time.
Wideout Tre Nixon was cut by the Patriots on Tuesday, because the team continued to lessen its roster to the NFL-mandated 53 members by the times 4 p.m. deadline.
Having been drafted by the Pats in the seventh-round of the 2021 NFL Draft (242nd overall), Nixon gets the distinction of being Ernie Adams final draft selection in the Patriots organization.
Though he spent the entirety of his rookie season on the Pats practice squad, the 24-year-old rose in prominence through the entire spring by learning to be a standout performer at the positioning during mandatory minicamp. Consequently, he also quickly became a popular target of quarterback Mac Jones, connecting with him on several athletic and aesthetically pleasing catches.
However, as padded practices progressed, Nixon often struggled to get away from defenders. He also was on the unfortunate end of several dropped passes. Therefore, he saw the majority of his reps with the scout team.
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While his contributions to the team during preseason games came largely against reserve defenders, Nixon made probably the most of his time against pro-level competition. Still, miscues and drops at key moments likely gave the Patriots some pause when determining his status for 2022.
Internally, Nixon also faced some stiff competition at the positioning. With strong performances from fellow wideouts (and roster hopefuls) LilJordan Humphrey and Kristian Wilkerson, Nixons versatility and work ethic had a need to set him apart. While he was adequate in his efforts, his consistency had not been enough to earn him an area on the teams initial 53-man roster for 2022.
Despite his release, he continues to project as a vertical deep threat, having the ability to use his speed to shed defenders at the line. Though he’s got typically lacked some physicality, he’s got demonstrated the required toughness to create catches in tight coverage.
Because of this, the Patriots would seemingly be thinking about signing him with their practice squad. If Nixon does go back to the team such capacity, the Patriots could have retained the services of an urgent, yet nice surprise unexpected, that’s, to mostly everyone but Ernie Adams.
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