During the week leading up to the Patriots’ bye, I thought that it was time to give Taylor Price a shot at more playing time at wide receiver. Price was injured early in the season and had any time he may have gotten taken up by an ineffective Chad Ochocinco. Price, a third-round pick last year, played in 6 of the offense’s 58 snaps on Sunday against the Steelers, and had a shot at a deep catch but Tom Brady underthrew him. Ochocinco played 11 snaps and appeared to run a poor deep route, and Brady overthrew him. Apparently, according to Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, enough is enough and the time is now for Taylor Price.
Now, he didn’t say, “enough is enough” with Chad Ochocinco, but he did say that Price was going to be given more reps during the game. Who else is going to see their time reduced? Wes Welker? Deion Branch? I don’t think so.
“He’s [Price] practiced well. We need to get him in there more. He’s done a good job in practice. He’s a guy that we have to give some more reps in the games,” O’Brien said in his press conference today. How Price fits into the game plan, O’Brien wouldn’t elaborate.
“We’re figuring all that out right now so you’ll see that on Sunday,” he said regarding Price’s role.
In my view, it’s about time. The Patriots need to make a firm evaluation on Price before next year’s NFL draft. If Price isn’t an answer at wide receiver, the Pats will need to look more closely at the wide outs coming out of college.