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New England may favor youth at wideout
Posted Jul. 18 at 12:00 AM
The Patriots have a stellar tight end duo, and their top two wideouts will be Wes Welker and Deion Branch. There's room for another contributing receiver in their top-shelf passing game, and that's where things get a little uncertain.
This article in the Boston Globe talks about the various options. In-house, the team has Brandon Tate, who disappointed last year, and Taylor Price, the team's third-round pick a year ago. The article speculates that Price, who barely played as a rookie, is why the team didn't draft a wideout this year. Another possibility is Julian Edelman, who filled in admirably for Wes Welker in 2009, but didn't do much with Welker in the lineup last season.
The Patriots could also look to free agency or the trade route. Chad Ochocinco is one candidate, and his value would certainly be enhanced by joining the Patriots (as would that of Cincinnati's other receivers by his departure).
Or maybe the Patriots will look to bring back a former player -- albeit NOT the one there's been speculation about returning. According to the article, the Patriots will not bring back free agent Randy Moss. It's more likely they could take a look at Donte Stallworth, who will also be on the market.
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