Patriots rookie offensive lineman reportedly retires


Dustin Woodard's Patriots and NFL career is over before it even really started.

According to multiple reports, the rookie offensive lineman has decided to retire. Jim McBride of The Boston Globe was the first to report the news.

Woodard's decision isn't related to COVID-19, with ESPN's Mike Reiss reporting it is "simply more a result of losing the desire to keep playing football."

The Patriots drafted Woodard out of Memphis in the seventh round (230th overall) of the NFL Draft in April. He would have had a chance to compete for the team's backup center job behind David Andrews.

McBride also reports that the Patriots have released undrafted free agent defensive end Nick Coe.