September 03, 2016

BOSTON (AP) The New England Patriots have cut veteran receiver Keshawn Martin, one of 20 players released to reach the NFL-mandatory 53-man roster limit.

The Patriots announced the moves on Saturday. New England also released receivers Aaron Dobson, DeAndre Carter and Chris Harper. It means the Patriots will carry only four full-time receivers into the regular season.

The 26-year-old Martin appeared in nine games for New England in 2015, tallying 24 receptions and two touchdowns.

On defense, the Patriots cut a pair of 2016 draft picks: linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill, a sixth-round pick, and receiver Devin Lucien, a seventh-rounder.

Undrafted rookie cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc was also released, despite a productive preseason in which he played 141 snaps and had an interception.

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