When Kelvin Benjamin tore his ACL this week, some wondered if the Panthers would bring in Reggie Wayne to bolster their receiving corps.
The Panthers have opted to see what they have on hand already, which has left Wayne on the market. That could be changing, however.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Wayne is in New England to take a physical with the Patriots. Wayne is no stranger to the Patriots after spending 14 years with the Colts that featured many big games against New England and Patriots coach Bill Belichick said last year that Wayne was “still a very dangerous receiver.”
“Yeah, he’s still really good at everything,” Belichick said, via the Colts website.” [He’s] obviously a real smart and experienced guy; knows how to set up routes, make all of his routes look the same, does a great job of releasing and then at the top of his routes being able to create separation at just the right time when the quarterback is ready to throw. He’s been a key guy for them in critical situations and third down-type situations.”
Belichick made those comments before a November game between the teams and Wayne had five catches for 91 yards in that contest. That was one of the veteran’s better games last year as he looked to be on the wrong side of the hill after a 2013 ACL tear. He closed out the season with just one catch in Indy’s three postseason contests before having surgery on his triceps and knee this offseason, but he may get a chance to keep his NFL career going if the physical goes well and Belichick thinks his experience can help the Patriots this year.