Patriots Release Wide Receiver and have learned the New England Patriots have released wide receiver Brandon "Bam" Childress today. Senior NFL reporter Adam Caplan confirmed that the New England Patriots waived wide receiver Bam Childress today. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound receiver was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on July 24, 2005. Childress participated in the Patriots final preseason game at receiver, running back and kick return specialist.

Childress felt he did well during training camp. His versatility as a return specialist, receiver and all-round athlete gave him an edge up on his fellow receivers even though the challenges a smaller receiver faces in the league can be daunting.

Childress said he felt he did well during the preseason.

"I think I did good, but you can always get better and there are things you can work on to get better," he said after last night's game against the Giants. "No one out there is perfect but I think that I did pretty good. It is just now getting better everyday. "

Determined to work hard, Childress was eager to get back into swing of things on Friday to prepare for the regular season.

"Now I will just go in and watch film tomorrow and see what I did wrong and just correct it."

Unfortunately for the hard-working receiver, he will not get that opportunity.

Wide receiver Bam Childress at New England Patriots training camp July 27, 2007 (Photo Kevin Saleeba /

Head coach Bill Belichick praised Childress' versatility in his news conference today.

"Bam showed a lot of versatility," Belichick offered. "We've also used him on defense. Last year, he played both the running back and receiver spots in the Jacksonville game. I think that's one of his biggest strengths, is his versatility, his intelligence and the fact that he has value in more than one spot."

Childress remains eligible for the practice squad should he clear waivers. Teams have 24 hours to put a claim on the Ohio State product.

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