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Tuesday, 01 December 2015 03:10

Patriots Drop WR Chris Harper Day After Botched Punt Return

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Patriot's not impressed with Chris Harper, drop him less than 24 hours after botching punt at pivotal point in the game.

Why didn’t he just call the fair catch? Because he is young, eager, inexperienced, and wanted to be the hero. Mistakes that come from selfishness that end up hurting the team is surely a quick way to get dropped by Bill Belichick’s Patriots. I suppose the mantra “Do Your Job” would apply well here, because undrafted free agent WR Chris Harper certainly did not do his.

The Patriot’s released the young wide-out today after being active for just his third game of the year. He was promoted to the active roster after Julian Edelman went down with the foot injury against the Giants.

The 5-foot-11 185 pound receiver lost his spot on the active roster, again, after attempting to return a punt in the fourth quarter of the game. As Denver’s special teams players were dangerously closing in, he attempted to receive and return the punt instead of just calling the fair catch like Edelman or Amendola would have done. He dropped the ball and the Broncos recovered in Patriot’s territory.

This gave the Denver Broncos excellent field position which ultimately lead to a touchdown. This was clearly the turning point in the game due to the huge momentum change in respect to the players and Denver’s home crowd.

Belichick and the Patriot’s didn’t hesitate to show him and the football world that they mean business and silly mistakes will not be tolerated.

He will likely end up back on the practice squad if he clears the waivers. 

Drew Kennedy

Drew is a Patriots beat reporter for CLNS Radio.  Drew is currently a Communication Major at Bryant University in Rhode Island.  At Bryant, Drew serves as Director of Marketing for Recreational Sports, and VP of Marketing for a new student section club for Bryant Athletics.  You can follow Drew on Twitter @DrewKennedy7.