Mitchell Showed Serious Promise
The New England Patriots have released 25 year old WR Malcom Mitchell. Malcolm was drafted as a fourth round pick out of Georgia and showed some potential his rookie year. In 2016, Mitchell had 32 receptions for 401 yards and 4 touchdowns. He was also a key part of the Patriots Super Bowl Win against the Atlanta Falcons. The rookie hauled in 6 clutch catches for 70 yards. Winning a championship as a rookie, he looked like Brady’s new favorite outside weapon for the future.
Injuries Kept Piling Up
After such a great start to his career and being a part of the biggest Super Bowl comeback in NFL history, Mitchell never had a sophomore season. The youngster played one preseason game, and spent the rest of the 2017 season on the IR due to a nagging knee injury.
The Patriots have spent the past two weeks trying to find a trade partner for the 25 year old wideout. Other teams declined, as they are concerned about his knee issues. Mitchell was attempting to come back for the 2018 season, but couldn’t get his knee right.
A Somber Conclusion
Now, teams around the league won’t have to give up any of their assets to acquire Mitchell once the release becomes official. Looking back on Mitchell’s time in New England, it’s safe to say he was nothing short of unrealized potential. At times, Mitchell showed the flashes of a future deep threat receiver. Recall his sprint to the endzone in San Francisco a few seasons ago.
We wish the best of luck to Mitchell as he strives to continue his career elsewhere. If he’s given another shot and can get healthy, he is sure to shine. Here’s to the next time we see him on the field!