Taylor Price never really got a chance in New England. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

The New England Patriots released wide receiver Taylor Price on Saturday afternoon; a move that will be heavily criticized by fans and analysts in the immediate future. NFL teams will have until Monday at 4 p.m. to put a waiver claim in on Price.

Even though Price struggled to get on the field in his two seasons in New England, I would expect him to be claimed off waivers. The third-round pick by the Patriots in 2010 is one of the biggest mysteries of the 2011 season. Price was the only active player who did not play against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday; a sign this move was on the way.

This is yet another miss for Bill Belichick and the Patriots’ scouts and will draw some criticism. The Pats have been unable to fill the team’s third receiver role this season and it seems Price never really got a shot.

Hopefully either Chad Ochocinco, Julian Edelman or Tiquan Underwood will emerge as the third option at receiver in the coming weeks; a position that could be very valuable to New England’s offense in the post-season.

The transaction makes room for practice squad offensive lineman Nick McDonald, who was activated earlier in the day. McDonald, who will wear No. 65, was signed by the Green Bay Packers last season as an undrafted free agent.

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