The New England Patriots busy offseason continued on Thursday with the signing of veteran wide receiver Nate Washington.
Source: the Patriots are signing former Texans and Titans WR Nate Washington.
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It’s one of those moves that will definitely fly under the radar, but the impact Washington has on the Patriots could be relatively big.
Washington, 32, recorded 47 receptions for 658 yards and four touchdowns for the Houston Texans last season. It was Washington’s sixth consecutive season with 600-plus receiving yards, a mark that only two Patriots wide receivers hit last season.
Washington has put up 458 receptions for nearly 7,000 yards in 11 NFL seasons, the majority of which were spent with the Tennessee Titans. He was an un-drafted free-agent signing of the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2005.
This comes on the heels of the team signing running back Donald Brown and acquiring tight end Martellus Bennett.
In a vacuum, none of these moves are huge. Together, they give the Patriots the depth and talent they need at the skill positions — something that was definitely missing for Tom Brady and Co. last season.
Washington figures to fill the void Brandon LaFell as one of the team’s starting outside receivers. LaFell was released earlier in the offseason after putting up 515 receiving yards during an injury-plagued 2015 campaign.