Report: New England working out former Steelers wideout Justin Hunter
The New England Patriots are starting to get deeper at receiver with players returning from injuries and suspensions. The Patriots may be getting even better at the position, too, with the team showing interest in a veteran receiver.
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, New England is working out former Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Justin Hunter. The Patriots are among a group of teams that are bringing the 28-year-old receiver in for a workout.
Hunter’s 2018 season was cut short due to a torn labrum. Hunter has been with the Steelers over the past two seasons, but has only caught seven passes for 44 yards and a touchdown combined.
At 6-foot-4, 203 pounds, there will absolutely be interest in him as he has the ability to be a difference-maker for a team in need of a big-bodied receiver. Hunter is entering his seventh season in the NFL, where his best season came in 2014 with the Tennessee Titans. That season, Hunter was able to corral 28 receptions, 498 yards, and three touchdowns. Since then, the veteran wideout has struggled to find a consistent role in any offense.
For the Patriots, they may be looking for a deep threat that comes at a cheap price. As mentioned before, their wide receiver position recently received a boost with players returning to the team: Josh Gordon was reinstated by the NFL after being suspended indefinitely last December, while Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thomas are easing their way back from injuries.
As it currently stands, the only locks on the roster are Edelman and N’Keal Harry, New England’s first-round pick. The Patriots never shy away from adding more talent when the opportunity presents itself.