Patriots Add Two Receivers to the Roster
By Kevin Duffy
FOXBORO -- The Patriots weren’t sticking with only three receivers for long.
A day after they trimmed their roster to 52 players, the Pats made waiver claims on two receivers, adding former Seahawks wideout Amara Darboh and former Jets receiver Chad Hansen on Sunday.
Darboh was a third-round pick out of Michigan in 2017, but he failed to make an impact as a rookie. At 6-foot-2, 214 pounds, Darboh has ideal size and speed. He ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
This past season in Seattle, Darboh played only 18 percent of the offensive snaps and managed eight receptions for 71 yards. He found a role on special teams, where he totaled 159 snaps on kickoff coverage, punt coverage, and punt returns.
Hansen was a fourth-round pick of the Jets in 2017. Like Darboh, his original team gave up on him after just one season. Hansen caught nine passes for 94 yards as a rookie.
He’s 6-foot-2, 202 pounds, adding some much-needed size to the Patriots receiving corps.
“I’m familiar with them, I would say, (but) in terms of specifics and details, I would defer to coach (Bill Belichick) on that,” Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said before the team’s practice on Sunday. “I’ve been locked in a room these last couple of days working on Houston.”
The Pats enter Week 1 with Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson as their top three options. Darboh and Hansen could certainly work their way into the lineup, too.
As the Patriots gathered for their first practice of the regular season, starting left tackle Trent Brown was absent. Brown did not miss any practices in August. Currently, the team has only three tackles on the active roster -- Brown, Marcus Cannon, and LaAdrian Waddle.
Running back Sony Michel saw increased work early in Sunday’s practice. Michel, who missed nearly a full month with a knee injury, took part in positional drills at the beginning of the session.
The practice was open to the media for about 15 minutes.