Top WRs Still Available

At some training camps around the league, teams come to the realization that there are not enough playmakers on the roster. The ability to find a free agent at this point can make or break a team's season potential. Such is the case with the Patriots receiving corps. With Chad Jackson sidelined and Deion Branch holding out, do the Patriots need to bring in another playmaker? Here are some options.

Kevin Johnson - Former receiver for the Lions who is coming off a knee injury. Caught 17 passes for 133 yards last year. Eight year pro out of Syracuse.

Az-Zahir Hakim - Former standout with the Rams who was most recently with the Saints. Caught 34 passes for 489 yards and two touchdowns last year. Has nine years of NFL experience.

Johnnie Morton - Veteran wide out who is at the end of his career. Cuaght 21 passes for 288 yards last year. Played last season with the 49ers.

Ricky Proehl - Played with the Carolina Panthers last year, putting up respectable numbers: 25 catches for 441 yards and four touchdowns. Definitely at the end of his career (17 years in the league) but could be a servicable No. 4 or No. 5 receiver at the right price.

Patrick Johnson - Caught two passes for 31 yards in six games last year with the Ravens.

Rashaun Woods - Failed a physical with the Denver Broncos last week and is no longer with the team. Caught seven passes for 160 yards in 2004 but did not play in the NFL in 2005.

P.J. Fleck - Has yet to catch a pass in the NFL. Had a tryout with the Bears earlier in the summer.

Patriots Perspective:

The Patriots added free agent wide receiver Eddie Berlin this week. Berlin, and fellow free agent newcomers Kelvin Kight and Keron Henry aren't exactly names that turn heads. If New England is serious about upgrading the talent at the position, they could use another receiver. Reports that the team contacted Kevin Johnson indicate that the front office realizes that Tom Brady is going to need another playmaker on the roster. While Berlin may be in camp working with Brady now, don't be surprised to see one of the names on the list above connected with the team before the start of the season.

Patriots wide recewiver Eddie Berlin, joined New England on August 7, 2006. Berlin seen here running drills at Patriots training camp August 9, 2006. (Photo Kevin Saleeba)

Roy Philpott reports for the Dallas Cowboys affiliate on the network. Patriots Insider Jon Scott contributed to this report.


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