Aug 9, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (85) is congratulated by wide receiver Donte

New England Patriots bring back Donte' Stallworth


I was about to write a post about why the New England Patriots should sign Donte’ Stallworth, but I will instead praise the Pats for making the right decision- as they almost always do- by re-signing the veteran wide receiver. Julian Edelman could be out for an extended period of time after injuring his foot in the fourth quarter of the win against the Miami Dolphins, and that forced Matthew Slater to be the No. 3 receiver.

The Patriots depth at receiver took a hit after Greg Salas was claimed by the Philadelphia Eagles, and there was basically no depth after Edelman went down with the injury. Slater is arguably the best special teamer in the NFL and a valuable player for the Patriots, but there is no way he should be slotted in as the No. 3 receiver.

Deion Branch was already released by the Patriots due to health reasons and Jabar Gaffney is currently suspended. That left Stallworth as the best former receiver available, and he brings something different to the table for this team. He does lack consistency and dropped far too many passes in the offseason, but we all saw that he still has good speed and a ton of athleticism. Stallworth can still go up and make plays in traffic, and he’s going to help the Patriots passing game by being a No. 3 receiver who needs to be accounted for on the outside.

Adding Stallworth was probably the only option available for the Pats, and he will help take some pressure away from Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker. The Pats already brought him in for a workout last week, and it seems like Bill Belichick feels comfortable with what Stallworth can bring to the table. If he becomes more consistent in this stint with the Pats, then he will be a helpful veteran stop-gap for this team.

It’s good to have him back.

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