One of the New England Patriots' 2020 draft picks has decided to retire before his rookie season began.
The team announced Thursday it has placed offensive lineman Dustin Woodard on the reserve/retired list.
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Woodard, who played college football at the University of Memphis, was selected by the Patriots in the seventh round (230th overall) of April's draft. The 22-year-old center/guard was one of three offensive linemen taken by the Patriots in the 2020 draft, along with guard Michael Onwenu (sixth round) and tackle Justin Herron (sixth round).
Why is Woodard retiring? ESPN's Mike Reiss reported additional details:
As @TomPelissero and @globejimmcbride reported, Patriots seventh-round pick Dustin Woodard (Memphis) has decided to retire. This wasn't related to COVID-19, according to those familiar with his thinking; simply more a result of losing the desire to keep playing football.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 13, 2020
The Patriots signed center Tyler Gauthier on Wednesday in a move that adds some depth to the position following Woodard's retirement. Woodard had a chance to make the roster as the backup center behind starter David Andrews.
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