Belichick Happy With What He's Seen So Far From Donte Stallworth

Ian Logue
August 15, 2012 at 02:47pm ET

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So far, so good for Donte Stallworth. (FILE:USPresswire)

They may still have a long way to go, but Bill Belichick sounded fairly positive with what he's seen so far from wide receiver Donte Stallworth on Wednesday.

Stallworth is in the middle of a battle which features a talented and crowded group of wide receivers, but according to Belichick, it seems like he's headed in the right direction.

"Good," Belichick told the media earlier this afternoon when asked about the Patriots receiver.  "I think Donte's had a solid camp.  [He's] shown that he still has his speed, athletic, gets down the field well, he's tough, comes in and blocks, good with the ball in his hands.  I think he's been very competitive with that group."

Thursday night's exhibition opener wasn't exactly a memorable one for the veteran receiver, who caught just one pass for 1 yard on 2 targets. However, there really wasn't anyone who stood out during the team's 7-6 win over the Saints, which isn't great for the team, but it certainly doesn't hurt Stallworth's chances of earning a roster spot.

Belichick said that like all the receivers it hasn't been perfect, but the coming weeks will ultimately leave them with some difficult decisions.

"I mean they've all had their moments like any receivers," said Belichick.  "[There's] plays that haven't been perfect, but it's been very competitive.  The next three games here and the remaining practices, we'll just try to sort it all out."