The Patriots are reportedly looking to trade for a pass catcher at the deadline.
It’s as clear as day the New England Patriots need help on offense. And it’s not at the quarterback, running back or offensive line positions. The Pats need a pass catcher at receiver and/or at tight end. One of those spots absolutely needs to be upgraded.
Fans in New England will be pleased to hear the latest buzz, as reports are suggesting Bill Belichick is indeed eyeing a pass catcher before the Nov. 3 trade deadline. Who that’ll be, we have no idea, but we pray this doesn’t become another Mohamed Sanu situation. The Pats lost a second-round pick in that deal and used the veteran for eight games before releasing him this offseason.
Unless things drastically spiral out of control and the Patriots lose the next two weeks and fall to 2-5, expect Belichick to give quarterback Cam Newton some help.
"“A year after trading a second-round pick for Mohamed Sanu, a deal that provided little reward with the receiver quickly injured, the Patriots remain in the market for a pass catcher, league sources said, with the team’s lingering lack of speed and ability in the downfield pass game still a prevailing issue,” Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports wrote."
La Canfora also talked to some executives and scouts who were heavily critical of the Patriots’ wide receiving corps, calling it the slowest in the league. As much as we love Julian Edelman, a battered 34-year-old cannot be the team’s top option in the receiving game in today’s NFL.
The insider also lists Adam Thielen, Will Fuller, Breshad Perriman and Chris Herndon as options, but Thielen feels like a pipe dream, Fuller doesn’t feel impactful enough, and the Jets probably won’t be keen on doing business with their division rivals. And Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t happening either, so stop thinking about it.
Perhaps AJ Green, Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Allen Robinson or Keelan Cole — all of whom will be free agents after this season — could be more realistic options. They’re all on underperforming teams or have had contract negotiation issues for the past year. That’s where the Pats can look to capitalize, despite some of these players (Green, Robinson) already being ruled out via rumors.
We’re nine days away from the deadline, so whatever the Patriots are going to do, they better be hitting the phones now.