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Report: Patriots interested in free agent WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

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Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is drawing interest from several teams with the legal tampering period of NFL free agency underway, and one of those clubs is the New England Patriots, per Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal.

The Patriots also reportedly have interest in signing free agent wide receiver D.J. Chark.

Valdes-Scantling tallied 26 receptions for 430 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games for the Packers last season. He's played his entire four-year pro career in Green Bay after the franchise selected him in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Which receivers could the Patriots be calling when legal tampering begins?

He's listed at 6-foot-4 and 206 pounds and ran a 4.37 40-yard dash.

The Patriots need to upgrade their depth and talent at wide receiver before next season. Part of that process should be finding a true No. 1 wide receiver. Valdes-Scantling is a good player, but he's not a legit No. 1 wideout, and how much of his success with the Packers was the result of MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers?

Valdes-Scantling also is drawing interest from the Las Vegas Raiders, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans, per Josina Anderson of CBS Sports.