The Patriots released veteran slot receiver Bruce Ellington on Wednesday, further thinning the depth at the position, Kevin Duff of the Boston Herald reports.
Ellington, who played for the Texans and Lions this past season, had been signed by the Pats during the opening week of free agency.
His release clears a roster spot for veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, who is expected to sign later this week.
Following the Ellington move, New England’s receiver depth chart is led by Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, rookie N’Keal Harry, second-year pro Braxton Berrios, and Maurice Harris.
Josh Gordon remains indefinitely suspended by the NFL. Demaryius Thomas could become a factor at some point, but he’s just over four months removed from an Achilles tear.
A shifty 5-foot-9 slot receiver, Ellington figured to be on the roster bubble in training camp. He caught 31 passes for 224 yards in the 2018 season.
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