NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee
Wide receiver Donte Stallworth has signed with the Patriots, his third trip with the team. Stallworth was a training camp casualty at the start of this year.
Stallworth will likely be used to fill the hole left by Julian Edelman, who provided a short pass option in addition to a good punt-return option.
In 2007, Stallworth caught 46 passes for 697 yards and three touchdowns for the Patriots. Stallworth had a solid training camp, displaying good speed both at the wide receiver and punt return position, in addition to having good chemistry with Brady from the get go.
Edelman, who has had a plethora of injuries lately, has had an up-and-down season. Edelman ends the season with 21 catches for 235 yards and three touchdowns. Edelman was one of the best punt returners in the leagues, averaging a league-best 15.5 yards return.
Edelman’s contract is up at the end of this year, so last week’s win against Miami could have been the last time he dons a Patriots uniform.
With Edelman out and Stallowrth in, expect Brandon Lloyd to get more looks. Lloyd has seen a decrease in targets the last couple of weeks, but could see some increased attention from Tom Brady if the game plan moves to more of a vertical look.