Examining Pats' interest in Jennings

March, 17, 2013
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It's been a busy offseason for the Patriots at the wide receiver position, as Wes Welker has departed, Brandon Lloyd was released, Emmanuel Sanders came in for a restricted free agent visit, and the team signed both Danny Amendola and Donald Jones.

We can add one more name that was on the Patriots' radar, as Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the team made an offer to former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings, who recently signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

McGinn reports that the deal averaged $6 million per season, but "didn't get very far," at which point the Patriots turned their attention to Danny Amendola. Jennings eventually inked a five-year, $47.5 million deal with the Vikings.

Based on what Jennings, 29, brings to the table, the interest between he and the Patriots could have been as a potential replacement for Lloyd. Jennings has a well-rounded skill set that allows him to align all over the formation, including the ability to play as an "X" or split end receiver, as Lloyd did in 2012.

He is a precise route runner with strong hands, a very good run after catch player and a reliable target overall. He was limited to just eight games in 2012, but has surpassed 1,000 yards in each season of his career that he has played 16 games.

Adding Jennings would've given the Patriots a player with the ability to work the perimeter of the field, something they'll likely continue to address with Lloyd no longer on the team.

While it doesn't sound like the reported talks between the team and player got very far, one can connect the dots and understand the Patriots' interest.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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