It’s time to take a quick look at the two UDFA wide receivers the New England Patriots signed after making the decision to release 25-year-old wideout Donald Jones prior to training camp. The Patriots want to give rookies like the newly signed Perez Ashford and Quentin Sims more reps in training camp, and it will be interesting to see if either of these two can impress in camp and make the practice squad. I don’t see either of these two as roster-worthy players, but stranger things have happened than a UDFA longshot making the Pats roster. If either of these two do somehow make the roster, then they will be deep sleepers who exploded in training camp.
Perez Ashford was a standout for Northern Illinois and was originally signed as a UDFA just after the draft by the Cleveland Browns, but the Browns cut Ashford a month later. The 5’11”, 182 pound wideout runs a 4.5 forty, but he only averaged about 11 yards per reception as a four-year player at NIU. His best season was as a junior when he caught 47 passes for 530 yards and three touchdowns, which aren’t exactly the best numbers even in a quality MAC conference.
Meanwhile, Quentin Sims is a former Georgia Tech player who transferred to Tennessee-Martin and absolutely ate up some bad competition last season in the Ohio Valley Conference. Sims set an OVC record with 16 touchdown receptions, and he also had 86 catches for over 1,000 yards last season for Tennessee-Martin. He has good size at 6’3″, 202 pounds. The Atlanta Falcons actually tried out Sims at rookie minicamps, but the tryout yielded nothing.