Report: Demaryius Thomas Released by Patriots Amid Achilles Injury Recovery

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 31, 2019

New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) celebrates his touchdown catch with Jakobi Meyers, left, in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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The New England Patriots released receiver Demaryius Thomas as they trimmed their roster to 53 players Saturday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The 31-year-old signed a one-year deal with New England in April.                        

In his first NFL action in eight months, he hauled in seven receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns against the New York Giants on Thursday.

New England Patriots @Patriots

That throw. That catch. @Jarrett_Stidham | @DemaryiusT https://t.co/7Bp2NZHFtA

New England Patriots @Patriots

Another one for @DemaryiusT! #NYGvsNE | #GoPats https://t.co/MtrB9cXZd9

Afterward, he said he wanted to build on that performance as he looked to "keep getting better." He also revealed he feels "a lot better" than he did before the injury, crediting the team's recovery program for helping him get stronger.

At that point, Thomas appeared to be a good bet to make the team as he had shown signs of returning to his Pro Bowl form.

Thomas is coming off his least productive season since 2011, which was before he established himself as one of football's best receivers. While splitting time between the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans, he hauled in 59 passes for 677 yards and five touchdowns.

Before that, he had recorded six straight seasons of 900-plus yards, including five 1,000-yard campaigns.

While Thomas reportedly did not make the cut, there is speculation he could be back in New England before long:

Michael Giardi @MikeGiardi

Don't rule out a quick return to the #Patriots for the recently cut Demaryius Thomas. Sources indicating that's desire of both sides.

Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable

Wonder if Demaryius Thomas potentially could come back after Week 1. As a vested veteran, his contract would be fully guaranteed if on Week 1 roster. If he goes on after, it's not.

Doug Kyed @DougKyed

Demaryius Thomas, like Brian Hoyer, doesn't need to go through waivers after being released. I wonder if the Patriots would bring him back if they have to put someone on injured reserve-return.

Of note, the 6'3", 225-pound wideout has missed just one game over the last seven seasons. He did not miss a contest from 2012 to 2017.