Patten On Comeback Tour With New England
The New England Patriots were notably thin at the wide receiver position in 2009, especially after the injury to Wes Welker in the final game of the regular season.
With the Joey Galloway signing marked as a bust and after severing ties with Greg Lewis before the season, New England always had a position of weakness at wide receiver. Without a consistent No. 3 wide receiver last season and with Welker recovering from surgery to his torn ACL, what are the Patriots plans for this season to help solve the wide-receiver riddle?
A player who hasn’t played since 2008.
Yes, you heard right. The Patriots are bringing back old friend David Patten for a reunion tour. The only problem is that Patten isn’t the same player he was in 2004 when he had 800 receiving yards and seven touchdowns for the Patriots. He hasn’t even seen the field since 2008 when he played with the New Orleans Saints after being cut by the Cleveland Browns in training camp last season.
So what can the 35-year-old Patten bring to the 2010 New England Patriots?
On the field, your guess is just as good as mine. At the least, he provides competition for the likes of Brandon Tate, Sam Aiken, and Julian Edelman. One thing the 13-year veteran can bring to this year’s Patriots is accountability on the field and a steady presence in the locker room in which they so desperately missed with the departures of Richard Seymour, Tedy Bruschi, and Mike Vrabel.
So with Patten on board, the Patriots hope he can bring the same kind of skill and poise he did in his stretch with the team from 2001-2004. They also hope he can replicate his 2007 numbers where he caught 54 passes for 792 yards and three touchdowns with the Saints.
Of course something in between his 2007 numbers and the stats he put up last season (none) would be fine for Bill Belichick and the iffy wide receiving core.