By: Ian Logue
It always seems like the Patriots find themselves thin at a particular position each year due to injuries, and this time around New England is in tough shape at the wide receiver position heading into Sunday’s game at Gillette Stadium against the Atlanta Falcons.
According to Chris Price of WEEI.com, the Patriots find themselves with five receivers who are questionable, including TE Chris Baker (ankle â€” limited participation Friday), WR Julian Edelman (ankle â€” limited participation Friday), WR Randy Moss (back â€” did not practice Friday), WR Matthew Slater (elbow â€” limited participation Friday), and WR Wes Welker (knee â€” did not practice Friday).
Welker missed last Sunday’s 16-9 loss to the Jets after sitting out with a knee injury, with Julian Edelman (8 catches 98 yards) filling in during his absence. But with Edelman now banged up and Moss missing Friday’s practice with a back injury, things are looking a bit grim as the Patriots look to bounce back against the Falcons on Sunday.
That would leave them with TE Ben Watson, WR Joey Galloway, and WR Sam Aiken as the only non-injured players on the depth chart.
Apparently that lead to them bringing in some guys this week. According to the National Football Post the team worked out former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Chris Davis, along with former Carolina Panthers kick returner Larry Beavers, and wideouts Anthony Armstrong, Courtney Taylor and William Franklin.
The team also reportedly tried out Oakland Raiders castoff defensive tackle Terdell Sands.
With a little less than 48-hours until kickoff we’ll have to wait and see if there are any last second roster additions. We’ve seen them win with less in the past, but facing a tough Atlanta team thay may find themselves with their biggest test yet. Hopefully they’ll be up for it.