Jabar Gaffney returned to the New England Patriots Wednesday after a three-year absence. Gaffney followed offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to Denver in 2009 and remained their until the Redskins acquired him in a trade last offseason. He was released by the Redskins this week despite coming off the best year of his career in which he 68 receptions for 947 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The Patriots seem to be trying to mirror the 2007 receiving corps as much as possible. Assuming Welker is on board, the Patriots now hold three receivers from ’07 in Welker, Gaffney, and Stallworth. The Patriots continue to show they feel comfortable re-acquiring players at the position who already know their system. Former Patriots Deion Branch, Stallworth, Gaffney have all been brought back to New England just in the past two years, as well as Brandon Lloyd, who has thrived in McDaniels’s offense on two other teams.
The Patriots now hold staggering depth with this log-jam at wide receiver. Anthony Gonzalez, a former first-round pick of the Colts who has been productive in the league, would be projected as the eighth receiver right now, yes, eighth. When final cuts are made in September, there are going to be some big names leaving Foxboro. Trading a wide receiver between now and then would seem to make a lot of sense.