Could the Patriots be going local in the draft as they search for wide receiver help?
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University of Rhode Island receiver Aaron Parker told WPRI-TV's Yianni Kourakis on Tuesday that he had a FaceTime session with the Patriots last week.
"Me and the wide receivers coach talked about how I am doing through these times, how I am still training, breaking down some film with me, breaking down some coverages -- just seeing how I am doing," Parker said. "Embracing the process, stuff like that."
With Joe Judge, who had been receivers coach, gone to become head coach of the New York Giants, it's unclear who that receivers coach was who spoke with Parker. Troy Brown, who worked with the receivers last season, is a possibility.
Parker, 6-foot-3, 208 pounds, led the Colonial Athletic Association with 81 catches for 1,224 yards and became the second player in school history to reach 3,000 career-receiving yards. He's projected as a fourth- to sixth-round pick.
“I just want to show the scouts that coming from a small school, I could play in the NFL and I can play with these big-name guys,” Parker told the Providence Journal before the NFL Scouting Combine in late February.” I’m going out there to compete with the best of them.”
Parker's fellow Rhode Island receiver Isaiah Coulter, who is Parker's cousin, is also a draft prospect. The two receivers and URI offensive lineman Kyle Murphy attended the combine. A URI player hasn't been drafted since 1986.