4. Scotty Washington, TE
Earlier this week, Patriots tight end Mike Gesicki went down with a shoulder injury. The injury could reportedly threaten his Week 1 status, but regardless, he should be shut down for the time being. That leaves the door open for one of a few other tight ends to step up and make plays, and potentially earn not just a roster spot but maybe even some playing time should Gesicki remain sidelined.
One of the guys I want to see more of, at the tight end position, is a former college wide receiver, Scotty Washington. The Wake Forest product went undrafted back in 2020 and has taken a long road to get to a point where he might make an impact. He spent the last two and a half years with the Cincinnati Bengals as a practice squad player.
When he was released last August, it took a month before the Patriots brought him onto their practice squad. During camp this year, Washington has had a couple of flashes. Because of his background as a college wide receiver, he presents a similar skill set that Gesicki is known for. This could give the Patriots an opportunity to try him with the ones and twos for a bit, and see what the fourth-year pro can do with some extended time.
We don't want to see just playing time, though, we want to see Washington get targeted. Let's see what he can do with the ball coming his way and in his hands.