Austin Carr tore it up for the Patriots this preseason, but it wasn't enough to garner a spot on the defending Super Bowl champs' 53-man roster, per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.
Austin Carr was cut, per source.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) September 2, 2017
Carr could make the team's practice squad, meaning another team could sign him to its active roster.
Coming in as an undrafted free-agent, the odds for the team's final roster weren't great, especially given how many good slot receivers the Pats already had. Julian Edelman's season-ending knee injury improved the numbers game for Carr, and might be the reason Carr made the practice squad.
However, a tough blow came on Saturday, when the Pats traded third-string QB Jacoby Brissett to the Colts for slot receiver Philip Dorsett, a former first-round pick.
Even though he didn't make the team's final roster, Carr likely played his way onto another team's final-53 this preseason. He amassed 143 receiving yards on 14 catches in four preseason games, showing several flashes of brilliance along the way.
His touchdown against the Jaguars in his first NFL game was ludicrous.
The 2016 Big Ten Receiver of the Year would've been a great fit on New England's roster, and there's still a chance he ends up there. Danny Amendola has had trouble staying healthy throughout his career, so Carr isn't too far away from being called up.
But even before that, Carr will almost certainly draw interest from other teams. Carr is good enough to be on an NFL roster, but the Patriots just happen to have one of the deepest receiving corps in the league.
From all of us at InsideNU, we wish Austin the best of luck in the future.
We have a feeling he'll make some team very happy in the years to come.
Odenigbo cut by Vikings
Earlier on Saturday, former NU defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo was waived by the Minnesota Vikings. Despite being a seventh-round pick and making some nice plays in the preseason, Odenigbo couldn’t crack the roster at a loaded position.
Draft pick Ifeadi O. being waived. Definite PS candidate. #Vikings— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) September 2, 2017
He, too, is a good practice squad candidate.