According to CSN New England, the New England Patriots worked out veteran wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth but did not offer him a contract. The former Pat was cut this offseason and it wasn’t a surprising cut given his struggles in the preseason and in training camp. While he did flash his speed and athleticism, Stallworth was inconsistent and dropped far too many passes.
It isn’t surprising to see that the Patriots have not offered him a contract outright, because the need for pass rushing depth is more important than the need for wide receiver depth. The latter is still a key after the loss of Greg Salas to the Philadelphia Eagles, so Stallworth could eventually help out in that spot.
The Patriots are already expected to bring back rookie wideout Jeremy Ebert to the practice squad, so the need to sign Stallworth right now is also decreased. It will be interesting to see exactly how the work out went for the veteran wideout, because he needs to show that he can be more consistent for the Pats to re-sign him.
For New England, the thought here is that they need more athleticism on the outside to keep the defense honest. Stallworth would bring something different to the table as a No. 4 wide receiver to stretch defenses. The fact that the Patriots have so much depth at tight end- even with Rob Gronkowski out- also mitigates the need to sign a receiver. I do think that Stallworth is either the first or second option on the Pats emergency list at the position at this point.
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