Patriots head coach Bill Belichick had a number of things to discuss during his news conference on Wednesday, most notably choosing to shed light on the progress of veteran receiver Donte’ Stallworth. Entering his 10th NFL season, Stallworth gained just 24 receptions over the past two years as a member of the Baltimore Ravens (2010) and Washington Redskins (2011). Many believe the 32-year old is past his prime, but Belichick seems to think otherwise.
“I think Donte’ has had a solid camp,” he said. “He’s shown that he still has his speed. Athletic. Gets down the field well. And he’s tough; he comes in and blocks. Is good with the ball in his hands. I think he’s been very competitive with that group.”
With Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd ranked atop the receiving core, the No. 3 spot is still up for grabs between Stallworth, Deion Branch, Julian Edelman and Jabar Gaffney. It was reported that Gaffney left Wednesday’s practice with a pulled hamstring, leaving more reps for the others to compete for their spot on the depth chart. More New England Patriots updates to come!