The New England Patriots continue to search for weapons to bolster their wide receiving corps for the 2013 season. So far in free agency, the Patriots have signed Danny Amendola and Donald Jones to help fill the void left from the departures of Brandon Lloyd and star slot wideout Wes Welker, who combined for 192 receptions, 2,265 yards and 10 touchdowns this past season.
Two days ago the Patriots reached an agreement with wide receiver Michael Jenkins. Jenkins caught 40 passes for 449 yards and two touchdowns last season with the Minnesota Vikings.
The scouting report on the 30-year-old wide receiver is not very kind. Age has diminished Jenkins’ game as he is noticeably slow when running passing routes. He has been given the unfortunate nickname of “Molasses Mike” for his slothfulness when going out for passes. Most expert reports depict his inability to create separation from the defender as he has almost no explosion. Despite the 6-foot-4-inch stature of Jenkins, he provides little use in the red zone and mightily struggles to beat man coverage.
The Patriots believe they have found their successor for Wes Welker by adding Danny Amendola to the mix. But make no mistake, Jenkins has been signed for depth purposes only as he is not a legitimate replacement for Brandon Lloyd.
Jenkins is known for his veteran leadership and could be a positive presence in the locker room. However, his fading abilities on the field suggest that he may not he even make the roster come September when the regular season begins. “Molasses Mike” does not strengthen the Patriots wide receiving corps, making the signing particularly strange for a team that is desperately seeking options at the wideout position.