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Friday, July 1, 2011
Making the case for WR Floyd

By Mike Reiss

In a piece now posted on CBSSports.com, senior writer Pete Prisco looks at 10 free-agent signings that "make too much sense." One of his suggestions is Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd to the Patriots.

"Floyd is tall and can stretch the field as evidenced by his 22.4 per-catch average," Prisco writes. "The Patriots lacked a down-the-field threat when Randy Moss was traded. That really showed up in the playoff loss to the Jets. Floyd would help open up the passing game. He will be 30, so the Patriots would have to be careful with the contract. But he is a player who I think would help Tom Brady in a big way."

Floyd was also on ESPNBoston.com's list of possible free-agent targets (first answer in this week's mailbag), although the feeling here is that this move is a longer shot.

I don't feel as strongly as others when it comes to the Patriots lacking a down-the-field threat. The team scored 30 or more points in each of its final eight regular-season games before struggling against the Jets.

The same offense that struggled against the Jets had put up big numbers against them in early December.

In summary, the feeling here is that Floyd would obviously help, but that the need isn't particularly high.