The Patriots are set to sign free agent wide receiver Nate Washington today, first reported by ESPN's Field Yates. Washington adds even more depth at the wide receiver position, after the Pats signed Chris Hogan to a 3-year, $12 million deal. Washington spent last season with Bill O'Brien and the Texans, and previously played in Tennessee and Pittsburgh.
Washington is another receiver acquired by the Patriots who has played in Bill O'Brien's offense, and should be able to adjust and fit quickly into this scheme. Keshawn Martin was also brought in from Houston and seemed to pick up the offense quickly, and caught some key passes from Brady.
Since 2011, Washington has averaged about 50 catches and 800 yards a season. He's coming off a 47 catch, 658 yard season catching passes from Hoyer and Mallett in O'Brien's offense. I would consider 600+ yards receiving on a team that couldn't pick a quarterback a good sign for the Patriots. Depending on how they use Washington, whether its in the slot or as a deep threat, Washington could be a great fit in New England.
Danny Amendola has been a question mark in regards to the future of the Patriots. Amendola has been an above average slot guy, who did well to fill Edelman's spot when he went down with a foot injury. However, Washington has also taken a good number of snaps as a slot receiver. So, with Amendola's contract being a question mark, could the Washington signing mean the end of Amendola's time as a Patriot?
By Matt Watts