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Report: Patriots cut wide receiver Donald Jones

07.19.13 at 4:01 pm ET

The Patriots will release wide receiver Donald Jones, according to multiple outlets.

The 6-foot, 208-pound Jones is a Youngstown State product who spent three seasons in the league, all with the Bills, and has 82 career receptions. His best year came in 2012 when he caught 41 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns. He signed a three-year deal with the Patriots in March, and confessed to getting grief from his new teammates for this 2012 play where Vince Wilfork nearly sawed him in half.

On the surface, two separate things come to mind on the subject of Jones’ release: One, New England has done this sort of thing on several occasions, signing veterans in the spring and taking the time throughout the summer to determine whether or not they might be a fit in the Patriots system. (Veterans Anthony Gonzalez and Joseph Addai were both cut in a similar fashion before the start of the 2012 season.) And two, this puts more of the onus on youngsters Josh Boyce, Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins — all three will now get more reps in camp and throughout the preseason as a result.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network was first to report the news.

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