OUTMalcolm Mitchell
WR FA
2 months ago

Mitchell underwent another surgery to address a chronic right knee issue in August, two days after he was released from the Patriots, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mitchell, a 2016 fourth-round pick, has yet to play an NFL down since recording six receptions for 70 yards in the Patriots' comeback victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Knee concerns limited Mitchell during his college career at Georgia, and it appears the 26-year-old's health hasn't improved much since he entered the professional ranks. He's hopeful the latest knee procedure will allow him to return at full strength for the 2019 season, so look for him to perhaps surface in training camp with the Patriots or another team next summer.

OUTMalcolm Mitchell
WR FA
4 months ago

The Patriots will release Mitchell (knee), Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

When healthy, the 2016 fourth-rounder is a heady wideout with solid route-running and ball skills, but Mitchell has had trouble staying healthy as a pro and his lingering knee woes have led to the Patriots moving on from the 25-year-old.

OUTMalcolm Mitchell
WR FA
5 months ago

Mitchell (knee) is considered to be day-to-day, Jeff Howe of The Athletic Boston reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mitchell received treatment on his injured right knee Monday. It remains to be seen whether he'll play in the teams first preseason contest against the Redskins on Aug. 9. Mitchell projects as a depth receiver and special teams asset for New England in 2018.

OUTMalcolm Mitchell
WR FA
5 months ago

Mitchell (knee) was on the rehab field at Friday's practice, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's a small step in the right direction just four days after Mitchell had a minor non-surgical procedure on his troublesome knee. He avoided the PUP list for the start of training camp, but his participation has been limited to jogging, stretching and observing. The Patriots are rumored to be seeking a trade for Mitchell, though he probably wouldn't fetch anything more than a late-round pick. There is some potential for a significant role if he sticks with the team and gets healthy, as Julian Edelman's four-game suspension means that Chris Hogan is the only New England wideout assured of a Week 1 starting job.

OUTMalcolm Mitchell
WR FA
5 months ago

The knee procedure Mitchell underwent recently was "more aimed at hoping to accelerate healing," per Ian Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

EDGE Analysis

The fact that Mitchell did not undergo major surgery on his balky knee is encouraging, but the Patriots nonetheless appear poised to move on from the 2016 fourth-rounder. Mitchell displayed promise as a rookie, but chronic knee issues have derailed his tenure with New England since then. Despite the fact that Julian Edelman is slated to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, Mitchell appears to be the odd man out in a deep wideout corps that also includes newcomers Jordan Matthews, Cordarrelle Patterson and 2017 late-season acquisition Kenny Britt. When available, Mitchell is a heady player, whose route-running and ball skills can be assets, but at this stage it looks like he'll likely be catching passes in a new locale this coming season, health permitting.

OUTMalcolm Mitchell
WR FA
5 months ago

Mitchell (knee) underwent a procedure on his knee Monday and isn't expected to be on the field for the start of training camp, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

The procedure Mitchell underwent was reportedly an effort to determine the extent and cause of the knee injury that prevented the receiver from taking the field in 2017. While it's true that Mitchell is a promising prospect who flashed at times during his rookie year, the Patriots are rumored to be growing frustrated with his inability to stay on the field. In fact, Daniels indicated that if New England is unable to find a trade partner, it's possible Mitchell could be waived or released with an injury settlement before the start of the regular season.

OUTMalcolm Mitchell
WR FA
5 months ago

Mitchell (knee) has been mentioned in trade talks, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Patriots probably wouldn't get anything more than a late-round pick, as Mitchell was limited to individual work during the offseason after missing all of 2017 with a knee injury. He did manage 8.4 yards per target and four touchdowns on 32 catches as a rookie fourth-round pick in 2016, serving as the team's No. 4 receiver during a Super Bowl run. The Patriots' willingness to deal Mitchell hints at some degree of confidence that Kenny Britt (hamstring), Phillip Dorsett and/or Cordarrelle Patterson can handle meaningful snaps at outside receiver. Julian Edelman's four-game suspension likely will give Jordan Matthews an opportunity to patrol the slot early in the year. It isn't clear if Mitchell will be available Thursday for the first practice of training camp.

OUTMalcolm Mitchell
WR FA
6 months ago

Mitchell (knee) isn't sure if he will be ready for training camp, Steve Hewitt of The Boston Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to NESN's Zack Cox, Mitchell was limited to individual conditioning work at June minicamp, after making just one brief appearance at OTAs in May. Despite missing the entire 2017 season and most of the offseason program this year, Mitchell should have the chance to earn a significant role if he's cleared to practice in July or August. With Julian Edelman facing a four-game suspension, Chris Hogan is the only Patriots wideout with a Week 1 starting job locked down. Mitchell hopes to compete with Jordan Matthews (knee), Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt, Cordarrelle Patterson and Braxton Berrios.

OUTMalcolm Mitchell
WR FA
7 months ago

Mitchell (knee), who was on the practice field Monday, wasn't spotted during Tuesday's OTA session, Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mitchell missed the entire 2017 season due to a lingering knee issue, so we suspect that the Patriots are inclined to manage his reps at this stage. Assuming he re-proves his health, Mitchell will look to secure a role in the offense behind top wide receiver options Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan. Also battling for depth chart slotting are Jordan Matthews, Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt, Cordarrelle Patterson and Braxton Berrios. Mitchell, a 2016 fourth-rounder displayed promise as a rookie, but he isn't guaranteed anything heading into the coming season. We suspect that he'll end up securing a roster spot, health permitting, but Matthews looks like a solid bet to earn playing time and in such a context Mitchell's path to regular targets would be murky.

OUTMalcolm Mitchell
WR FA
8 months ago

Mitchell (knee) remains on track for Organized Team Activities (OTAs) in May, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.

EDGE Analysis

A 2016 fourth-round pick, Mitchell caught 32 of 48 targets for 401 yards (8.4 YPT) and four touchdowns in 14 regular-season games as a rookie, but then missed all of last season while recovering from an unspecified knee injury. He was spotted at a practice during the Patriots' playoff run, and he said in late February that he was feeling great and expected to be ready for the start of the offseason workout program in mid-April. Mitchell may have the opportunity to compete for a regular spot in three-wide formations, after the Patriots lost Danny Amendola to the Dolphins and traded Brandin Cooks to the Rams. Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman (knee) figure to occupy two of the three spots, assuming the latter makes a successful recovery from last year's torn ACL. Other candidates include Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt and Cordarrelle Patterson, with more help potentially coming after the NFL Draft.