Patriots Eyeing Wide Receiver Help

While the Patriots are sitting pretty at 6-0, it sounds like the organization is feeling a bit uneasy about their receiver depth. As Jeff Howe of The Athletic writes, the front office would like to add a wideout prior to the October 29th trade deadline. It’s uncertain if New England is currently engaged in trade talks, but Howe says it’s easy to assume that Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio have reached out to rival executives.

Julian Edelman (ribs), Josh Gordon (knee), and Phillip Dorsett (hammy) are currently dealing with injuries, and Tom Brady hasn’t looked comfortable throwing to anyone beyond that trio and running back James White. While rookie first-rounder N’Keal Harry could start practicing next week, Howe writes that the Patriots would prefer a receiver who could “instantly command a defense’s respect, alleviate Edelman’s burden and help Brady.”

So who is the team eyeing? Howe says there’s hope within the Patriots organization that they could pry wideout Stefon Diggs away from the Vikings. It’s uncertain if Minnesota would consider trading the star receiver (the front office has said they won’t), and a deal would likely require a first-rounder. If another team engages in Diggs trade talks, then New England may be required to give up even more draft capital.

Assuming the Pats don’t end up with Diggs, Howe suggests a number of names that could be of interest to the defending champs. The organization had previously shown interest in Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders and Falcons wideout Mohamed Sanu, and Howe also points to former Pro Bowlers A.J. Green and Larry Fitzgerald (although their availability seems unlikely). The rest of the writer’s potential targets include Nelson Agholor (Eagles), Randall Cobb (Cowboys), Allen Hurns (Dolphins), and even Demaryius Thomas, who the Patriots traded to the Jets back in September.

Complicating the Patriots’ pursuit of a receiver is their limited cap space; the team is currently sitting with $3MM. The team could clear up some room by extending Brady, Devin McCourty, or Dont’a Hightower. Considering the team’s front-seven depth, the Patriots could also consider trading defensive end Michael Bennett.

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  1. leefieux

    I hear that Antonio Brown is available. (Sorry….really low hanging fruit).

  2. driftcat28

    I’d prefer Sanders before Diggs but either would be a great addition. Also I still believe Gronk is back by week 14-15

    • Boston2AZ

      Gronk has been very upfront about his use of CBD. The NFL knows this and would drug test him as soon as he was added to the roster. Since CBD is a banned substance, he would be looking at a 4 game suspension, wouldn’t he?

      • burtgummer1

        That would be correct it’s pretty much the same thing as Watson when he was signed (although he’s gone now too)

  3. jacobsigel1025

    Coming from a Pats fan in Massachusetts, you’re naive to believe that Gronk is returning to the NFL this year especially after that deal with Fox. Is he gonna come back next year? Possibly. I just think that he needs a full calendar year with zero wear and tear on his body. This marijuana company he’s partnering with would kinda prevent him from joining this year because he might be suspended for the first 4 games of his return similar to Ben Watson. Also I personally think Diggs would be more appealing to Belichick because we need an outside guy more than a slot guy like Sanders.

  4. steelerbravenation

    My prediction AJ Green is in New England before the deadline

  5. crosseyedlemon

    Maybe BB can get his old pal Patricia to do him a solid and return Amendola.

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