After six weeks of regular season play, the New England Patriots find themselves undermanned at the wide receiver position after suffering a pair of injuries: Phillip Dorsett hurt his hamstring in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins; Josh Gordon suffered a knee injury on Thursday night versus the New York Giants. While neither injury is expected to be a long-term concern at this point in time, they did impact the team.
Against the Giants, for example, the Patriots’ three-receiver sets included reigning Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman alongside a pair of undrafted rookies: Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski, who has seen most of his action at punt returner. It is therefore no surprise that the team is keeping its eyes open for potential reinforcements at wide receiver, and that it already brought one free agent in for a workout.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, the Patriots hosted Quincy Adeboyejo on Friday. The 24-year-old originally entered the league in 2017 as an undrafted rookie signing by the Baltimore Ravens, and went on to appear in one game for the team during his first NFL campaign. He spent the following season in its entirety on the physically unable to perform list, however, and was released by the team earlier this year.
After a short stint with the New York Jets — he appeared in one preseason game for the club but registered no statistics — the 6-foot-3 pass catcher now landed on the Patriots’ radar, at least as a potential emergency option. New England, of course, will gain an open roster spot when fullback Jakob Johnson gets placed on injured reserve: the team is reportedly planning to make such a move in the coming days.