The dust is not even settled yet in Foxboro after Wes Welker’s departure to Denver Broncos and Danny Amendola’s arrival to town, but the New England Patriots want to check out what other options they have at the wide receiver position by hosting Buffalo Bills free agent Donald Jones.
Per Buffalo News Tim Graham, the Patriots has schedule Donald Jones to visit the Gillette Stadium facility this Thursday.
“Source tells me former Bills WR Donald Jones is visiting the Patriots today.”
Donald Jones a 6’0”, 209-pounder, 25 year-old, has been part of the Buffalo Bills club for the past three years, but his highest-record career has been in 2012 recording 41 receptions for 443 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games. In the two games he played against the Patriots, he recorded 8 receptions for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Not a very impressive number, but it might be good enough as No. 4 receiver and he will be probably a cheap receiver. On the other hand, of the 12 games he played in 2012, his best performance came against the Patriots.
Looking at his statistic it does not look so promising, but what makes Bill Belichick so unique in this league is that he usually does not go after “big names” players. He brings in what looks to be an average player, molds into the Patriots system and explore what the player is good at by giving them a specific job. However, he does look for versatility in a player and we are looking forward to find out more if Jones has what Belichick is looking for.
As of now, we still have Julian Edelman, Deion Branch and Donte Stallworth on the list as free agents. Of all three, I think Edelman could make the roster and with the Brandon Lloyd deal still lurking around, there is still need for outside receivers.
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