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Report: Patriots looking to add ‘premium’ receiver at trade deadline

Bill Belichick, Patriots

The New England Patriots have already swung a notable trade this season to acquire a big-name wide receiver in Josh Gordon. But they are apparently not satisfied with their receiving corps just yet.

According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the Patriots are looking to add a “bona fide,” “premium” wide receiver by Tuesday’s trade deadline and are willing to part with high draft picks to get a deal done.

It seems a bit surprising that the Patriots sound so eager to add another receiving option for Tom Brady. They’ve already added Gordon, who just had his first 100-yard receiving game for the Patriots against the Bears and seems to be getting better with each game.

They also have Julian Edelman back from suspension, along with Chris Hogan, and Cordarrelle Patterson at receiver on top of tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiving back James White.

With those weapons at Brady’s disposal, the Patriots have scored at least 38 points in four consecutive games and are fourth in the league at 30.6 points per game. With that being the case, one wonders if they might be better served looking for more help on defense as opposed to another weapon for their already prolific offense.

But of course, Bill Belichick likely has his reasons and deserves the benefit of the doubt given his impeccable track record. It’s certainly not the worst idea in the world to give Brady as many capable receiving options as possible, especially if it does turn out to be a “premium” receiver who can potentially take their offense to another level.