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Nate Washington visits with Patriots

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 27:  Nate Washington #85 of the Houston Texans celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Patriots signed Chris Hogan last week, giving them another receiver who has made his living out of the slot during his NFL career.

On Monday, they met with a wideout who has done most of his work on the outside of the formation. According to multiple reports, Nate Washington was in New England to meet with the team.

Washington played for the Texans last season and caught 47 passes for 658 yards and four touchdowns for the AFC South champs. He spent the previous six seasons with the Titans, where he was also a starter and generally produced at a similar rate that he did in 2015. The biggest exception was in 2011 when Washington set career highs with 74 catches, 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Patriots added a receiver from Houston last season when they traded for Keshawn Martin. Doing so this year with Washington would bring a different look to a receiving corps that could stand a little more variety.

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16 Responses to “Nate Washington visits with Patriots”
  1. trailerparkking says: Mar 14, 2016 6:10 PM

    I’m in disbelief Nate Washington is still in the NFL. Belicheat is looking desperate. A lot of free agents snubbed the cheats this year and its hilarious.

  2. mmack66 says: Mar 14, 2016 6:23 PM

    People still jeer Bill Belichick’s personnel moves?

    I’d say the teams that are signing mediocre players for $10-$20 million a season are the desperate ones.

  3. Kapodaco says: Mar 14, 2016 6:26 PM

    I’m biased ’cause I like the guy, but I think this would be a good depth signing. Hope a deal gets done.

  4. TheDPR says: Mar 14, 2016 6:29 PM

    He’s got better hands and speed than LaFell.

  5. beachsidejames says: Mar 14, 2016 6:34 PM

    I hope they sign him….He sucks.

  6. thundersnacker says: Mar 14, 2016 6:39 PM

    ” A lot of free agents snubbed the cheats this year and its hilarious.”
    ———
    Correction. A lot of free agents got paid more than they are worth.

  7. yourmadre says: Mar 14, 2016 6:54 PM

    Loved him when he played for Pittsburgh. He’s never going to be a #1 receiver, but if you look at his stats he’s been amazingly consistent his entire career.

  8. tedmurph says: Mar 14, 2016 6:55 PM

    Wait until Mike Wallace comes begging for a job, and then take a flyer on the cheap. Or even better, wait until JGordon gets reinstated. I bet the Pats could get him for a 6th from HJackson, who’s trying to change the culture in Cleveland.

  9. fanofpft says: Mar 14, 2016 7:06 PM

    WR Rod Streater, who visited #Patriots last week, got a 1 year, $810k deal from #Chiefs, plus $1m incentives. $10k signing bonus & $110k gtd.

    Wonder what they are offering these other WR’s.

  10. jmdanieli says: Mar 14, 2016 7:07 PM

    I’m in disbelief Nate Washington is still in the NFL. Belicheat is looking desperate. A lot of free agents snubbed the cheats this year and its hilarious.———————————————
    No ,what is HILARIOUS is Denver having Butt Fumble as their only QB. Now that is HILARIOUS!!!
    In Bill we trust!!

  11. phillyb60 says: Mar 14, 2016 7:21 PM

    He’s better than LaFell, along with Hogan it gives them options outside the#’s w/ #11 & #80 working inside and Gronk working wherever he wants LoL
    Just another smart, veteran player & lM0 would be a good addition.

  12. tdubdizzle says: Mar 14, 2016 7:34 PM

    Good receiver. Perfect fit for the offense. Gonna be a steal in Fantasy if he plays for them.

  13. theringisthething says: Mar 14, 2016 7:37 PM

    Highest winning pct. in the NFL the last 15 yrs

    Most playoff apperances the last 15 yrs

    Most playoff wins the last 15 yrs

    Most super bowl appearances the last 15 yrs

    Most championships the last 15 yrs

    you’re right, he should be desperate

    Better check on your coach – he’s probably ready to jump off a bridge somewhere.

  14. flash1287 says: Mar 14, 2016 7:47 PM

    theringisthething says:
    Mar 14, 2016 7:37 PM
    Highest winning pct. in the NFL the last 15 yrs

    Most playoff apperances the last 15 yrs

    Most playoff wins the last 15 yrs

    Most super bowl appearances the last 15 yrs

    Most championships the last 15 yrs

    you’re right, he should be desperate

    Better check on your coach – he’s probably ready to jump off a bridge somewhere.

    Actually everything you said is correct except the “15 yrs”

    It’s since 1994

    Since 1994 the Patriots have won more regular season games
    More playoff games.
    Most SB
    Most SB appearances

    Best win % of any team in all 4 major sports since 1994

  15. goodellisaclown says: Mar 14, 2016 7:54 PM

    Nice to see them looking at a WR who doesn’t play from the slot. I’m not sure Nate Washington is the answer, but they definitely need someone to fill the role LaFell did in 2014/15 (before his hands were encased in cement this season).

    A speedy WR who “take the top off” a defense is always exciting… but I’m not sure that’s what the Patriots need (as if I have a clue what I’m talking about… but I digress). It seems like when they run Gronk down the middle he takes the coverage with him… sort of like a legit deep threat would do, and creates single coverage for WRs running medium post routes.

    It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out, but if Washington signs a contract I like his chances to contribute more than some of the other veteran wideouts they’ve signed in the past.

  16. catquick says: Mar 14, 2016 11:19 PM

    tedmurph….look up Bills/Pats on Youtube under title “just give it to ’em” and you’ll see why your team wins games others don’t. When you are accomplished cheaters, and proven one’s, you can steal wins like Hillary steals votes.

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