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Bill Belichick: Reggie Wayne’s release was ‘mutually agreed upon’ 09.05.15 at 5:57 pm ET
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It was a bit of a surprise when the Patriots released wide receiver Reggie Wayne to get down to the final 53-man roster on Saturday, especially when he signed with the team just over two weeks ago with a $485,000 signing bonus.

Belichick said the release was “mutually agreed upon” in a statement.

Here is the complete statement: Obviously, Reggie’s time here was brief but it only confirmed what I already thought — he is a true professional who represents every positive attribute a player some emulate. Our parting was mutually agreed upon and I am personally grateful to have worked with one of the greatest NFL players of the last two decades.

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Reports: Reggie Wayne ‘will not be’ on Patriots 53-man roster, asked to be released at 3:41 pm ET
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According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, wide receiver Reggie Wayne “will not be” on the Patriots’ 53-man roster that will be finalized 4 p.m. Saturday.

Wayne was signed just over two weeks ago — Aug. 24 — and received a $450,000 signing bonus. He appeared in the final two preseason games, including playing the entire first half Thursday night against the Giants and caught two passes on 10 targets from the recently released quarterback Ryan Lindley.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter adds, Wayne asked to be released.

Wayne spent the first 14 years of his career with the Colts, catching 64 passes and two touchdowns last season.

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Reggie Wayne, Jonas Gray, Robert McClain (reportedly cut) not present at Patriots practice at 1:17 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots held their last practice before the team officially gets down to the 53-man roster by 4 p.m. Saturday.

There were four players missing from practice during the media portion which was roughly 10 minutes: wide receivers Reggie Wayne and Brandon LaFell (PUP), running back Jonas Gray and cornerback Robert McClain.

McClain has reportedly been cut, according to multiple reports.

Wayne got a $450,000 signing bonus just two weeks ago, so it would be surprising if he were cut. The 36-year-old’s contract would become guaranteed if he’s on the roster for Week 1. The wide out played the entire first half in Thursday’s final preseason game, catching two passes.

Gray didn’t play at all in the final preseason game, but him being cut would be a surprise with LeGarrette Blount suspended for Week 1 — although the team could go with Brandon Bolden. LaFell is still recovering from offseason foot surgery, but him not practicing indicates he likely won’t be ready for Thursday’s game.

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10 spot: Breaking down preseason finale performances for Patriots players who were facing big night 09.04.15 at 2:42 am ET
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James White rumbles for a few extra yards Thursday night against the Giants. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

James White rumbles for a few extra yards Thursday night against the Giants. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — With the cuts looming this weekend and the regular season just around the corner, here’s a a look at 10 players in the wake of the preseason finale against the Giants, and how their performance in Thursday’s contest will impact their standing on the roster going forward.

Ryan Lindley — The third-string quarterback got all the snaps on the night, and while there’s very little likelihood he’ll be around after the final cuts come down on Saturday, he may have done enough to win a roster spot somewhere else. He went 22-for-45 on the evening, throwing for 253 yards with an interception and four sacks. He played well in some of the situations he and the rest of the New England backups were thrown into, but he was remarkably ordinary in many others. In the overall pantheon of Patriots’ quarterbacking performances in the fourth preseason game of the summer, it was better than Tim Tebow (6-for-11, 91 yards, four sacks, one touchdown in 2013), but short of Brian Hoyer (18-for-25, 242 yards, one touchdown in 2009). Granted, that’s not saying much, but it should be enough to find him a job somewhere by the start of the regular season.

Aaron Dobson — The Marshall product had the last chance to make his case on Thursday against the Giants, and while he wasn’t overwhelming, it’s worth noting that he did finish with four catches on the evening (tying LeGarrette Blount and Asante Cleveland for most catches on the team) and 56 yards (a team-high). That included a nice 24-yard reception via Lindley midway through the second quarter where he juggled the ball before coming away with it. (The Patriots took a shot toward Dobson in the end zone on the following play, but couldn’t connect.) From this viewpoint, when it comes to cuts on Saturday, Dobson is still squarely on the bubble.

James White — While the work of Dion Lewis over the last two weeks of the preseason should be enough for him to win the third-down job to start the season, it appears that White did enough on Thursday night to leave Travaris Cadet (who didn’t play at all in the game) expendable when the final cuts are made over the weekend. The youngster out of Wisconsin, who is entering his second full year with the team, saw plenty of action against the Giants — he led the team with 12 touches on the night (10 carries, 2 catches) and while he wasn’t overpowering, certainly showed enough that he warranted a roster spot as Lewis’ backup going into the 2015 season. With Shane Vereen in the building for the first time since he signed a free-agent deal with the Giants, it was hard not to look at White and wonder if he has the same capacity for growth as someone like Vereen had when he was in New England. Vereen struggled to find his way in his first two years with New England before finding his groove in 2013 and 2014. If White follows the same arc, the Patriots will likely be very happy with the result.

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Reggie Wayne happy after learning Tom Brady suspension lifted: ‘That’s my quarterback’ at 12:06 am ET
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FOXBORO — Even with Tom Brady‘s suspension being eliminated by Judge Richard Berman earlier on Thursday, the focus with the Patriots remained on the final preseason game against the Giants.

Even after the game almost all the players who spoke didn’t address the matter and only wanted to talk about the players who played in the game — except for Reggie Wayne.

Wayne was asked if he was happy Brady will be available for Week 1 against the Steelers.

“Yeah. That’s my quarterback. So yeah, I am,” he said.

“All that I can say is that I’m happy that he’s available and I have to do my job of being available,” he added.

The 36-year-old said he hasn’t really been thinking much about Brady and his suspension since joining the team.

“I have enough on my plate. I’m excited he’s available, but Reggie has to take care of what Reggie has to take care of,” Wayne said. “That’s getting my playbook corrected on all the mistakes I had tonight and get better. I’ve only been here a week and a half or so, so like I said, I’m behind the eight-ball. I’m excited he’s available. I have to do my job though.”

The 15-year veteran was signed by the Patriots just over two weeks ago, so he knows he still has a lot of catching up to do.

“It’s starting to slow down a little bit,” Wayne said. “Still a lot to learn from. Still a lot I have to get accomplished. I’m still behind the eight-ball. I’m trying to find my swag. I’m going to slow down a little bit and I’m starting to catch on.”

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5 things we’re looking for in Patriots’ preseason finale vs. Giants 09.02.15 at 8:29 pm ET
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Jimmy Garoppolo has one of the best preseason stat lines of any NFL quarterback. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Jimmy Garoppolo has one of the best preseason stat lines of any NFL quarterback. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The five things we’re looking for when it comes to Thursday’s preseason finale between the Patriots and the Giants:

Who is playing

As simple as this sounds, when it comes to a lot of players, whether or not they end up playing in the preseason finale can serve as an indication of their roster chances. If there are a few players who might be perceived as being on the bubble at this point in the summer (Chris Harper? Travaris Cadet?) who don’t play, history tells us that they have a good shot at making the final 53-man roster. There are a few exceptions to the rule, like Reggie Wayne (for reasons we’ll discuss shortly). But at the same time, don’t look for regulars like Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Jerod Mayo Thursday evening.

The snaps at quarterback

While there won’t be anywhere near the same level of scrutiny this time around — it would be surprising if Tom Brady plays, given his traditional workload in the preseason finale as well as the events of the last week — it’s still worth keeping an eye on. At least statistically, Jimmy Garoppolo is having one of the best preseasons of any quarterback in the NFL through the first three games, going 61-for-80 for 554 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Based on the improvements Garoppolo has shown over the course of the summer, the Patriots would love to see him continue on that same arc heading into the regular season. It’s also likely we’ll get our first glimpse of Ryan Lindley, who was signed as a camp arm earlier this summer after Matt Flynn couldn’t get on the field. Lindley has not seen any game action to this point in the preseason.

For the record, Brady has played in the fourth preseason game of the year on four occasions: 2002, 2003, 2010 and 2011. Here’s a look at his workload and production in each of those games:

2011: 5-for-9, 116 yards, 15 snaps vs. Giants
2010: 4-for-8, 51 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 13 snaps vs. Giants
2003: 8-for-10, 63 yards, 1 TD, 12 snaps vs. Bears
2002: 7-for-10, 59 yards, 20 snaps vs. Redskins

Reggie Wayne

The veteran receiver got 21 snaps in his preseason debut with the Patriots last week against Carolina, and had zero catches on one target. Even though the final preseason affair usually is given over to youngsters and other potential bubble candidates, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Wayne get a handful of reps Thursday against the Giants in advance of the regular season.

The final chapter in some positional battles

Coming into training camp, there were a few positional battles that were worth monitoring, most notably the third-down back and second corner. With strong performances over the last two games (as well as solid efforts throughout the course of the summer), running back Dion Lewis and cornerback Tarrell Brown appear to have the inside track on both jobs. That’s not to say the Patriots would cut the rest of the candidates, only to suggest that when it comes to Lewis and Brown, those jobs are theirs to lose at this point on the calendar. That being said, there’s still a chance for someone to make some noise when it comes to adding depth at either one of those positions. Cadet and James White are the two with the best chances to chip in at third-down back (Cadet may be playing for a spot on the roster Thursday night), while Logan Ryan and Bradley Fletcher lead a group of challengers who still could make a case for the second corner spot.

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Andrew Luck: Nothing but love for ex-teammate Reggie Wayne 09.01.15 at 8:41 pm ET
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Despite the fact that Reggie Wayne has moved on to New England, his old teammate Andrew Luck still has nice things to say about him. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Despite the fact that Reggie Wayne has moved on to New England, his old teammate Andrew Luck still has nice things to say about him. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

In the days after ex-Colt Reggie Wayne signed as a free agent with the Patriots, the receiver was attacked by some back in Indy as a traitor and turncoat. But on Tuesday, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said he holds nothing against Wayne for his decision, and added that he’ll be recalled as “one of the great Colts” when it’s all said and done.

“There’s a lot of things said and written about a lot of people,” Luck told the Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday. “Reggie will always be one of the great Colts in my mind and a great, great teammate. You can’t control what people write. It doesn’t really matter what’s fair and not fair necessarily as a player. But I know Reg is no traitor to me at all.”

The 36-year-old Wayne, who signed with the Patriots late last month as a free agent, spent 14 seasons with Indy. He has 1,070 career catches, to go along with 14,345 receiving yards and 82 touchdowns.

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