The New England Patriots added some offensive firepower Wednesday in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, but they may not stop there.
The Patriots hosted wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and running back T.J. Yeldon on free-agent visits Wednesday, ESPN's Field Yates reported.
NFL Network's James Palmer added that Thomas' visit appeared to go well.
Demaryius Thomas finished his visit with the Patriots a little while ago, per source. It went well from what I’m told. The Patriots are smart to bring in a talented player while he is still recovering to take a look. Thomas is on schedule to be back sooner than expected.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) April 10, 2019
Thomas has an impressive pedigree -- five Pro Bowl nods and five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons from 2012 to 2016 -- but tore his Achilles late in the 2018 season and was released by the Houston Texans in February.
The Patriots reportedly have discussed trading for Thomas in the past, though -- offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels also worked with the 31-year-old while with the Denver Broncos -- so it makes sense they'd check in on him as a replacement for suspended receiver Josh Gordon.
That said, would likely be a low-cost addition at a position where the Patriots need bodies. Even if he isn’t contributing until mid-season... why not?— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) April 10, 2019
Yeldon, meanwhile, is a free agent for the first time after a productive 2018 campaign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 25-year-old running back tallied 487 receiving yards on 55 receptions with four receiving touchdowns in addition to 414 rushing yards.
The Patriots already have a dual-threat running back in James White, but Yeldon would bring a slightly different skill set to New England.
Have been mocking bigger backs to the Patriots this offseason. Hill would’ve had a role last year but got injured. Yeldon is 220+ pounds and can run between the tackles, but has been a productive receiver in the past too. Would give NE some unpredictability in the backfield. https://t.co/pSfsyD9bff— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) April 10, 2019
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