May 21, 2018
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Enfield’s Matt Mulligan released by Patriots

Matt Mulligan
By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Matt Mulligan’s stay with the New England Patriots lasted only 72 hours.

The Enfield native, who signed with the Patriots on Monday, was released by the National Football League team on Thursday, according to Stacey James, New England’s vice president of media relations.

Mulligan, a former University of Maine tight end, joined the Patriots on Tuesday after working out for the team on Monday. He had been cut Saturday by the Green Bay Packers.

During Tuesday morning’s press conference, New England head coach Bill Belichick spoke briefly about Mulligan and ended his comments with, “But we’ll see how it goes.”

New England was the third NFL stop in 18 months for the 28-year-old Mulligan, who spent the 2012-2013 season with the St. Louis Rams. He appeared in 16 games, including nine starts, and made eight catches for 84 yards, including his only NFL touchdown.

Mulligan was released by the Rams in March, then was signed by Green Bay and spent training camp and the preseason with the Packers.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder, who attended Husson University in Bangor for a year before transferring to UMaine, signed with Miami as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He is a veteran of four NFL seasons, including three (2009-2011) with the New York Jets. He has 50 NFL games under his belt.

Last season, Mulligan spoke about how lucky he is to have the opportunity to play in the NFL.

He attended Penobscot Valley High School in Howland, which does not have a football team. There, he was a standout in soccer, basketball and tennis.

Mulligan’s departure leaves only three former UMaine players in the NFL: Defensive tackle Mike DeVito of Hampden, who is now with Kansas City, along with safety Jerron McMillian of Green Bay and special-teams performer Montell Owens, who is on the Detroit Lions’ injured reserve/expected to return list with a knee injury.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady brought a group of unheralded receivers all the way to the AFC Championship Game in the 2006 season and is hoping to turn that trick again with rookies Josh Boyce, Zach Sudfeld and Kenbrell Thompkins expected to be big pieces in the offense. New England brought back cornerback Aqib Talib to lock down the outside for a defense that was vulnerable to the deep pass in 2012. Tim Tebow may have dominated the camp talk at the quarterback position but was ultimately released, leaving Brady with just Ryan Mallett backing him up. … The Patriots have taken 18 of the last 19 meetings, including a 52-28 drubbing at the Bills in 2012. … Buffalo rookie K Dustin Hopkins (groin) will miss Week 1. Veteran Dan Carpenter was signed to take over his duties for at least the first week. …. Brady has thrown a touchdown pass in 48 straight games, the second-longest streak in NFL history behind Drew Brees’ 54.

Sports Xchange contributed to this report.

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