Patriots To Release TE Clay Harbor

The Patriots are releasing tight end Clay Harbor, a source tells Adam Caplan of (on Twitter). Clay Harbor (vertical)The news comes as a bit of a surprise.

While Harbor was not a central player for New England, there were other players on the chopping block who could have been let go instead of the tight end. Harbor’s release will clear one of two spots to make room for Tom Brady and Rob Ninkovich.

After averaging 25 receptions per season from 2012 to 2014, Harbor caught 14 balls for 149 yards and a touchdown in 2015 for the Jaguars, primarily serving as a blocker. This offseason, the Pats signed Harbor with the intent of using him as a fullback/tight end hybrid. Harbor had played in three of Patriots’ first four games. He logged 25 snaps on offense and 39 on special teams but not register an official statistic, as’s Mike Reiss (on Twitter) notes.

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