The New England Patriots now have their roster filled with 53 men after signing second-year wide receiver Kamar Aiken off of the practice squad. The Pats worked him out about a month ago before signing him a couple of weeks later, and he is a former UCF Knights wideout and returner. With just four wide receivers before his signing, the Pats clearly needed the depth.
I doubt Aiken even receives a target from Tom Brady against the Jacksonville Jaguars, unless if it is in garbage time with the game well in hand. I never watched Aiken much in college, but I know he is more of a developmental project at receiver with good size and strength. He wasn’t a standout at UCF, but he had a couple of very good seasons and kept the chains moving for his team as one of the better possession receivers in the nation.
Jermaine Cunningham will return from his suspension after the game, which means Aiken (or another player) must be waived in order to accommodate the pass rusher’s return to the active roster. We’ll see if the Patriots receive a roster exemption so that they don’t have to make the move immediately after the game.
Aiken has been a standout on the Pats scout team, as they have used him to mimick opposing star wide receivers such as Andre Johnson (the main reason why he was brought on). Signed as a UDFA last year by the Buffalo Bills, Aiken also has experience on the Chicago Bears practice squad. He has been on the active roster before as a member of the Bills as a depth wide receiver and, occasionally, a coverage player on special teams.
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