During the first day of New England Patriots minicamp yesterday, the Pats worked out a wide receiver who was donning the No. 84. This led beat writers to believe that the Patriots were bringing in a familiar face in Jabar Gaffney, but it turns out that the wideout wearing the No. 84 wasn’t actually Gaffney. Instead, it was former New York Jets and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Chaz Schilens who was getting a tryout with the Patriots, according to a league source close to ESPN Boston.
Schilens is an oft-injured, 27-year-old wide receiver who has never had at least 30 receptions in a season. He came close last season with the Jets in 15 games with 28 receptions, but he is a reserve wide receiver who would have little chance of making the Patriots 53-man roster. I couldn’t see him beating out guys like Donald Jones, and I would put him on the same level as Michael Jenkins, maybe lower due to Jenkins’s performance in OTAs and Schilens’s injury history.
I love the fact that the Patriots are working out Schilens, though, because he is worth doing due-diligence on. He actually has talent to him with his size and speed, but his production never matches his talent. 28 receptions isn’t awful, but Schilens isn’t a guy who would make the Patriots 53-man roster.