Patriots Release Kenny Britt, Others Must Step Up

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Kenny Britt during Patriots practice in January. (Elsa/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- It didn't work out for Kenny Britt in New England.

The nine-year vet joined the Patriots last December after getting released by the Browns and he appeared in three games, with just two catches for 23 yards. He was a healthy scratch the entire postseason.

Expectations were higher for the receiver this year with Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola gone, then Jordan Matthews and Malcolm Mitchell as well, but Britt's hamstring got the best of him. He hasn't taken part in a full practice all of training camp.

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Julian Edelman will miss the first four games of the season for a PED suspension, but he has faith in the Pats' receiving corps, even without Britt.

"I mean, we got a lot of guys making a lot of plays, a lot of guys working hard, and a lot of guys improving, and honestly, that's all you can ask for," Edelman said. "We got a group in there that's very capable. Lot of explosion, lot of quickness, lot of experience. I think I'm not a talent evaluator, I'm not a coach, I'm not a GM--you'd have to ask those guys about that. But I'm excited for them, for their opportunity. I'm definitely confident in them."

Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson are among those who may be asked to do more once the regular season begins September 9th against the Texans.

Eric Decker as well, if he makes the team.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports

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