The New England Patriots don't have a ton of depth or top-tier talent at wide receiver, and with the NFL trade deadline scheduled for Nov. 3, one move for the team to consider is adding another pass-catcher.
What does Patriots quarterback Cam Newton think of that idea? Here's what he said Tuesday morning when asked on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show."
“Man, I’ll say this, the answers are in that locker room. Simple and plain," Newton said. "We got Little Butt, Doughboy, Highway 11 and MyGerms. We good to go. Let me rewind that. We have Damiere Byrd, N’Keal Harry, Julian Edelman and Jakobi Meyers.”
This isn't a surprising answer from Newton. While it's hard to imagine he'd be disappointed if Patriots head coach Bill Belichick brought in a veteran wide receiver before the deadline, the team's current group of wideouts did give an encouraging Week 2 performance versus the Seattle Seahawks.
Julian Edelman tallied eight receptions for a career-high 179 yards in the 35-30 loss Sunday night. Damiere Byrd caught six passes for 72 yards, and second-year receiver N'Keal Harry totaled 72 yards on eight receptions. Even running Rex Burkhead made a nice impact in the passing attack with four catches for 47 yards.
The real weak spot is at tight end, where the Patriots still haven't found a suitable replacement for Rob Gronkowski. Ryan Izzo is the team's leading tight end, and he didn't tally more than 25 receiving yards in either of the first two games.
If the Patriots do plan on upgrading at wide receiver via the trade market, there are a few interesting names to consider. Odell Beckham Jr. of the Cleveland Browns and Allen Robinson of the Chicago Bears are the two most popular ones, but the price for both players isn't likely to be cheap.
And we also must remember when the Patriots gave up the steep price of a second-round pick to acquire Mohamed Sanu from the Atlanta Falcons before last year's trade deadline. Sanu dealt with injuries during his brief stint with the Patriots before being released earlier this month.
Will the Patriots have the same appetite to give up valuable draft capital for a wideout after the Sanu experiment failed?
We'll see in the coming weeks, but based on the way this team has played to start the season, it would make sense to address some of the weak spots on the roster and try to make a real run in the AFC title race.