On Tuesday afternoon, the New England Patriots announced that former Cal wide receiver Chris Harper has been released from the team. The 5-foot-11-inch and 185-pound rookie was signed as a free agent by the Patriots in May after going undrafted.
Harper did not see any action, despite being on the field for 12 snaps in the Patriots’ week-one game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing as the fourth wide receiver.
The wide receiver did see significant preseason action with the team, however, recording 15 receptions for 150 yards and one touchdown.
Harper recorded 163 receptions for 2,030 yards and 13 touchdown catches in his three years at UC Berkeley.
Whether another NFL team will be willing to take a chance on him is still yet to be seen. If he does clear waivers — meaning that no other NFL teams are interested in having him on their starting roster — he will likely be signed to the Patriots’ practice squad.
This fate coming so early in the NFL season is not what Harper had been hoping for, and he may now have to wait until next season to see more real playing time after getting a small taste of the NFL.
Alaina Getzenberg covers football. Contact her at [email protected]