When the Patriots made their final cuts on Tuesday, Keshan Bote was among six wide receivers who made the list.
Bute, 21, was selected by New England in the sixth round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Although once projected as a potential first-round pick after a breakout freshman year at LSU in 2020, his value declined in subsequent seasons (limited, in part, by multiple ankle surgeries ).
Given his circumstances, Bute — who seemed to get better and better as training camp progressed — mirrored the Patriots’ roster build-up.
“It feels great. I feel like everyone doubts me.” Botti told MassLive’s Mark Daniels on Tuesday. “The stuff you see online and everything like that. I tried not to focus on it and just get better as a player. I feel like my whole time, I feel like that. [I improved]”
Boutte impressed during New England’s second preseason game, catching a slant from Bailey Zappe before sprinting away from the Packers’ defensive backs for a 42-yard touchdown. It was a combination of his skills: running quality routes, making catches in traffic, and showing the speed to make a big play.