Source: Pats to host Houshmandzadeh
August, 14, 2011
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
The Patriots are scheduled to host free-agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a workout tomorrow, a source confirms.
The 33-year-old Houshmandzadeh was a former teammate of Chad Ochocinco with the Bengals. He played for the Bengals from 2001-2008, was with the Seahawks in 2009, and the Ravens last season.
At 6-foot-2, 203 pounds, he has totaled 616 career receptions for 7,091 yards and 43 touchdowns. His 30 catches last year were his lowest total since his rookie season (not including his injury-shortened 2003 campaign).
Throughout training camp, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and receivers coach Chad O'Shea have publicly cited the team's depth at receiver, noting that with 11 players the competition has been good.
The depth has been thinned a bit on the practice field of late, with Brandon Tate, Julian Edelman and Taylor Price -- top contenders for backup spots behind Chad Ochocinco, Wes Welker and Deion Branch -- all sidelined.
This could be a case where the Patriots are simply keeping their emergency list fresh.
Houshmandzadeh would likely project to more of a slot role with the club, and that's where Welker does his best work. Edelman is Welker's backup.
Houshmandzadeh's workout was first reported by Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.