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Patriots cut special teams captain Sam Aiken

In yet another surprising move at the final roster deadline, the New England Patriots have cut wide receiver Sam Aiken, last years special teams captain. Aiken’s impact on special teams for the Patriots cannot be understated, but with the emergence of young wide receivers Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate and Taylor Price his role in the offense diminished significantly this preseason. Aiken had seven catches for 38 yards and a touchdown in the preseason, and looked like the teams sixth receiver. Instead, he’s no longer on the team.

This is certainly one of the biggest surprises on cut-down day. The 29-year-old Aiken caught 20 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns last year. This move combined with the release of linebackers Pierre Woods and Eric Alexander means that the team will have to replace many impact special teamers this season.

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