Could Comeback Kid Be A Gaffney Replacement?

The Patriots are in the market for another wide receiver (or two), since Jabar Gaffney left. This prospect could fill in nicely.

WR De'Cody Fagg, who is attempting a comeback after tearing his left ACL while running a sideline route at the NFL Combine last year, is scheduled to work out for the Miami Dolphins on Monday. Fagg's agent, Kevin Conner, said that renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews told Fagg that he's "overwhelmed and excited about the fact of how fast he's recovered 100 percent."

"I never had any doubt because I knew I wasn't going to give up," Fagg told the St. Petersburg Times. "I knew what I had to do to get it back right."

The 6-2, 185-pound Fagg led the Seminoles with 54 catches for 758 yards and five touchdowns his senior season.

"Most of the [draft analysts] had him going late in the third round with an opportunity to move up at the Combine," Conner said. "He's one of the most well-rounded receivers who can stretch the field with good hands as well as block downfield.

"If all goes well Monday, the Dolphins will be getting a steal."

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Conner said four or five other teams have expressed an interest in Fagg, and he may work out at Florida State's Pro Day on March 16.

New England is in search of more depth at the receiver position. A speedster with the ability to run after the catch is one thing high on their priority list. A possession receiver with enough speed to be a vertical threat for a safety is another. After losing Jabar Gaffney to the Denver Broncos and possibly not re-signing Kelley Washington who is a free agent this year, the Patriots have special teams ace Sam Aiken as their No. 3 wideout.

Even if Fagg cannot match is pre-injury 40 times from the 4.4 range, a decent showing could get him a deal with some NFL Club looking for receivers, namely Miami. New England also happens to fall into that category. Fagg's workout in Miami bears watching. If the Dolphins don't sign him, look for those other four teams to take a closer look at the FSU pro day.

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