The Patriots have a very talented wide receiving core. Yet it seems like Bill Belichick is trying to somehow make it better at any given moment. They already have Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, and Phillip Dorsett in the fold. Young wide receivers like N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers show a lot of potential. However, could there be a diamond in the rough somewhere for the Patriots to sign? Well, here are a few wide receiving options for the Patriots to consider.
This is an interesting case. Stefon Diggs has become a vital part of the Vikings offense. The offense can be very good when it comes all together with pieces such as Dalvin Cook, Kirk Cousins, and Kyle Rudolph around him. Apparently, that’s not good enough as Diggs is supposedly going to request a trade. Diggs could be another helping piece to the Patriots offense. He had 102 catches last year for the Vikings, with nine of those being for touchdowns. He is explosive, fast, and can break out into the open field for a deep threat. We’re not sure exactly what will come of these Diggs rumors. But if he’s out there and he can be traded for a reasonable price, why not make the move?
One name that Patriots fans should be keeping an eye on is Emmanuel Sanders. The Broncos are currently 0-3 and do not seem to be going anywhere this season. Keep in mind, Sanders is in the final year of his current contract with the Broncos. Patriots fans might forget that in 2013 the organization had Sanders signed to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent. He wanted to be a Patriot. The Steelers, however, had other ideas, and matched the offer sheet to keep Sanders out of a Patriot uniform. Honestly, why not bring in Sanders for the remainder of this season? He’s smart, quick, and has played with top level quarterbacks in the past. He definitely can help the Patriots expand the field, so what’s the harm in bringing him in for a playoff run?
I know what you all are thinking right now. “Al, what are you even getting at here?” Well, Dez Bryant still has some game left in him. Sure, there are injury concerns with the torn achilles that he suffered when practicing with the New Orleans Saints. But the hands on Dez are just too good to ignore. He might take a veteran minimum deal to have a shot to win a Super Bowl with the Patriots before he retires. It’s basically a low risk, high reward type of move if the Patriots pulled the trigger. It might be fun to watch Dez score a touchdown and throw up the X in Foxborough for all of Patriots nation to witness.
In reality, will the Patriots bring in another receiver? Probably not. But if they decide they want to, there are some good options out there. Whether it’s via a trade or a signing, the Patriots can make themselves that much better on offense. Then again, getting the offensive line some help wouldn’t hurt either. But, that’s an article for another day.