The New England Patriots next opponent in Week 4 is the Buffalo Bills, and their AFC East rivals have worked out a former Patriot in Donte’ Stallworth, who was released in the offseason. He has since worked out with the Miami Dolphins and would like to return to the Pats, but that seems highly unlikely after the signings of both Kellen Winslow Jr. and Deion Branch.
The Bills are looking for more wide receiver depth after losing David Nelson for the season, and they have worked out both Danario Alexander and Stallworth over the past couple of days.
Alexander has more upside and has fully recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him out of almost all of training camp while with the St. Louis Rams. He has a high amount of talent with his speed, and his 6’5″, 217 pound frame gives him a huge advantage in the red zone. Although Alexander is an athletic receiver who is productive while on the field, he is almost never on the field due to injury issues.
At this point, the Bills need a veteran receiver more than a high-upside 24-year-old like Alexander. “DX” deserves a spot on a roster, but the Bills have more of a need for Stallworth who is not injury prone and can better shore up the depth. Alexander is the better player and Stallworth isn’t as consistent as most of us would like him to be, but he is also fast and athletic and has a better chance of staying healthy.
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