New England Patriots: Austin Carr now has a real shot to make the team

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 19: Austin Carr
HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 19: Austin Carr /

With Julian Edelman suffering a torn ACL, a roster spot could now be available for a preseason breakout star, rookie Austin Carr.

Austin Carr now has a real chance to make the New England Patriots opening night roster, although I’m sure that this isn’t how he wanted it to happen.

In the Patriots third preseason game on Friday night, wideout Julian Edelman went down without contact after catching a pass from Tom Brady. He, of course, would not return.

On Saturday morning, Patriots fans fears were confirmed. An MRI revealed that Edelman had suffered a complete tear of his ACL in his right knee. The Patriots have now lost Edelman and rookie DE Derek Rivers for the season, highlighting why some don’t like the preseason games.

Luckily for New England, they have a strong corps of wide receivers that will provide Brady with tons of weapons without Jules. Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, and Malcolm Mitchell will all have to step up. Austin Carr should now have the chance to as well.

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So far, Carr has been the rookie star for the New England Patriots in the preseason. He has 105 yards and a touchdown on 11 receptions through the teams three games. Carr has also performed well in training camp in Foxboro. While his play has been great, I don’t think Carr has a roster spot locked up just yet.

Devin Lucien will become Austin Carr’s top competition for Edelman’s roster spot as we close in on the cut day for all NFL teams. Lucien has played well, but I believe Carr has a more similar skill set to what Jules would have brought to Tom Brady’s offense. Right now, I’d say he’s the favorite for that final spot, especially if he can get some work as a returner to replace Edelman there as well.

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NFL roster cuts will all take place on the same date this season. There are no more benchmarks leading up to the final cuts. Cut day across the league will be on September 2nd, and all cuts will be made by 4 PM. Just 5 days later, the Patriots will reveal their Super Bowl LI banner and take on the Kansas City Chiefs.