Patriots Quickly Sign Wide Receiver After Freeing Up New Roster Spot

The New England Patriots didn't waste any time filling the roster spot they opened up earlier on Monday.
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As the mandatory minicamps are approaching, teams around the NFL are finalizing their rosters. The New England Patriots released offensive lineman Andrew Stueber earlier on Monday ahead of the minicamp. The team didn't lose any time filling that roster spot.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, the Patriots are signing wide receiver David Wallis, who has been a part of the rookie minicamp with the team.

Patriots News: New England Signs WR David Wallis

This is an excellent opportunity for Wallis, who played Division III football at Randolph-Macon. The 5-foot-11 wideout had 3,144 yards and 34 touchdowns in 42 games in college. Last season, he had 53 catches and 957 yards. He was also utilized as the kick returner for his team at times.

Wallis becomes the 12th wide receiver on the Patriots' 90-man roster. Despite the sheer quantity of pass-catchers on the team, Wallis has good of a chance as some of the names on the back of the depth chart.

The Patriots signed K.J. Osborn from the Minnesota Vikings this summer and drafted Ja'Lynn Polk and Javon Baker. in the 2024 Draft. The rookies will almost certainly play a large role in the new-look Patriots offense.

DeMario Douglas and Kendrick Bourne are back and they will continue to be the top targets for the team in 2024.

Behind Douglas, Bourne, Osborn, and two rookies, there will be spots up for grabs. The Patriots will likely have six receivers on their 53-man roster when the season starts. The competition will be between disappointing veteran JuJu Smith-Schuster, former draft busts Jalen Reagor and Tyquan Thornton, and unproven flyers TJ Luther, Kayshon Boutte, and Kawaan Baker.

Among this underwhelming crop, Wallis should have a chance to make his case to be a part of this team going forward.

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