The Patriots' depth chart at receiver for 2019 is one Super Bowl MVP away from potentially being confused for that of an AAF franchise.
Julian Edelman will be in the final year of his contract next season. Joining him, at the moment, are 2018 sixth-round pick Braxton Berrios, as well as Darren Andrews and Cody Hollister — both of whom spent last season on the reserve/non-football injury list. Damoun Patterson, who spent much of last season on New England's practice squad, will also be back in 2019 on a future contract.
And that's what makes Tuesday's news that the Texans are releasing Demaryius Thomas somewhat intriguing from a Patriots perspective.
The former Broncos wideout was traded to Houston mid-season to give DeAndre Hopkins a legitimate running mate at the position, but Thomas tore his Achilles in Week 16.
Now that he'll be free to select his next club, should the Patriots try to lure him to Foxboro?
Given the need for bodies at that position, the quick answer should be something along the lines of, "Why not?"
The Patriots cycled through buckets full of receivers old and young last spring and summer in the hopes of finding quality depth at that position. They eventually settled on trading for Josh Gordon, who was suspended late in the year, leaving the Patriots with only two receivers who would eventually record a catch in Super Bowl LIII: Edelman and Cordarrelle Patterson.