Patriots release Malcolm Mitchell

Matt Stone/Boston Herald

The Patriots have released their second wide receiver within a week.

This time, it's Malcolm Mitchell, who showed tons of promise when healthy and had a big impact in the second half of Super Bowl LI.

Mitchell seemed to have been making progress toward being healthy after it was believed that he would miss his second-straight full season due to a knee injury. Despite his obvious talent, Mitchell was billed as an injury risk when the Patriots drafted him in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

In his rookie season, Mitchell was impressive. He played in 14 regular season games and caught 32 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns. The numbers don't exactly jump off the page, but it was Mitchell's speed and good hands that really caught the attention of many in New England.

In Super Bowl LI, he caught six passes for 70 yards, most of which came in the second half.

Mitchell's talents will certainly land him a job elsewhere. Hopefully he can stay healthy.

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