It certainly has not helped that All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski and versatile running back Shane Vereen are missing due to injuries. However, the injury of wide receiver Danny Amendola is the most concerning of all.
With Amendola unable to play against the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football, the aerial attack of the Patriots struggled greatly. Rookie wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins seemed lost at times and never fully jelled with their quarterback. It is also doubtful that New England will hang its hat on Julian Edelman going forward.
Even upon the return of these injured players, the Patriots will need some insurance. After all, Gronkowski and Amendola do not have favorable injury histories.
The team needs another veteran wide receiver's presence in the lineup. The easy fix would have been re-signing Lloyd, but it was revealed by Pro Football Talk that he does not have the desire to continue his career.
So, which veteran wide receivers should receive a call from the Patriots?