Monday, August 15, 2011

Do the Patriots really need more receivers?


The Patriots traded for wide receiver Chad Ochocinco to pair with Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Aaron Hernandez and the rest of the jumbled group of people the Patriots call the Wide Receiver depth chart. There are now talks that the Patriots could be adding another member to that group.

Mike Reiss over at ESPN Boston is reporting that the Patriots are set to meet with former Bengals and Ravens receiver TJ Houshmandzadeh, a player that is coming off one of his worst seasons as a professional last year. It seems to be a strange meeting for the Patriots as they already have 11 receivers in camp, and that’s not even including the receiving tight-ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. There seems to be no reason for the Patriots to even entertain the option of bringing in Housh.

The only thing I could see the Patriots trying to do is get him into camp to learn the system. Players like Julian Eddleman and Brandon Tate have missed a couple days of practice which could be a worry for the Patriots. By bringing in Housh, they can simply put another name on the list of players on the speed dial list “In case of injury”.

True, Housh hasn’t had a productive season since 2008, but he wouldn’t be asked to be Brady’s number one option here like he was in Seattle or to some extent in Baltimore. At 33 years old, he would simply be another large possession target for Brady to throw to. When he’s on and healthy, he’s basically a bigger version on Deion Branch. He has a knack for getting open in the middle of the field and on the outsides with his route running. He could be a good target for Brady, it’s just not a need for the Patriots.