It’s no secret that the New England Patriots are having serious issues with their offensive weapons at the minute. Julian Edelman is in a boot after missing out on the end of the 2012 season and the postseason, and their two tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, are both injured at the moment. Gronkowski is heading towards his fourth surgery to correct his forearm that he broke twice last season and Hernandez has a knee issue. After having issues with Brandon Lloyd, the Patriots decided to cut him in the offseason along with veteran Deion Branch. Then, as if that wasn’t enough, they also said goodbye to their star receiver, Wes Welker, who signed with the Denver Broncos.
In a supposed attempt to rebuild their offense in the free agency, the Patriots picked up Welker look-alike Danny Amendola. His career stats in five seasons amount to seven touchdowns and less than 2,000 yards, and he has recently been described as “Fragile.” The Patriots also picked up ten year veteran Michael Jenkins, one of the few stable players on the Minnesota Vikings offense (apart from Adrian Peterson) last season.
The latest in the line of average receivers that Patriots have picked up is former Tennessee Titans receiver Lavelle Hawkins. He was drafted in 2008 in the fourth round by the Titans, and after five seasons, Hawkins has only managed 771 yards and one touchdown. Although he only managed to play in seven games last season due to an ankle injury, he only hauled in five catches. His redeeming quality seems to be his new-found ability to play on special teams, returning for 331 yards on only 14 attempts over the last two seasons. If the Patriots hope to get anything out of him next season it will be here.
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