Receiver help is indeed on the way for the New England Patriots. They claimed ex-Jets wideout Chad Hansen and former Seahawks receiver Amara Darboh off waivers on Sunday. ESPN’s Field Yates first reported the news, with the Patriots later confirming.
The Jets drafted Hansen, 23, in the fourth round (141st overall) of the 2017 draft, just 10 selections after the Patriots took defensive end Deatrich Wise. Hansen played in 15 games for the Jets with one start as a rookie, but only saw 17 targets all season. He caught nine passes for 94 yards and has yet to score his first NFL touchdown.
Hansen did have an excellent college career at Cal, where he totaled 111 receptions for 1,498 yards and 12 touchdowns in 20 games over two seasons. He finished third in the country with 9.2 receptions per game and fourth with 124.9 receiving yards per game in his breakout 2016 campaign.
Darboh, 24, originally entered the NFL as a third-round pick (106th overall) of the Seahawks. He appeared in all 16 games for the Seahawks in 2017, catching eight passes on 13 targets for 71 yards and no touchdowns. He was also a regular on special teams.
Both receivers bring size to the table, standing at 6-foot-2 and over 200 pounds each. And as mid-round draft picks with good physical traits, they could both have some untapped potential to be unlocked with Tom Brady throwing them the ball.
The Patriots entered Sunday with only three full-time receivers on the initial roster: Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson. So while Hansen and Darboh may need time to pick up the playbook, they should have legitimate opportunities to contribute to the offense while Julian Edelman sits out the first four weeks of 2018.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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