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2022 NFL free agency: Patriots showing interest in free-agent big play receiver

Nov 21, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (83) in action against the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

As the Patriots continue to search for further upgrades at the wide receiver position, New England could be looking to add a big-play pass-catcher. According to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journalthe Patriots are reportedly looking at impending free-agent receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling,

While he is not a true No. 1 receiver that the Patriots have also reportedly looked at, Valdes-Scantling is a viable deep threat that can beat a defense deep down the field. The 6-foot-4 target led the league with 20.9 yards per catch in 2020, and has at least one touchdown of over 60 yards in each of his first four seasons.

Valdes-Scantling had connected with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for nine touchdowns over the past two seasons. While he will not dominate the receptions column, he is certainly capable of breaking for a big play when his team needs a spark. His explosiveness down the field could offer an extra dimension for Pats quarterback Mac Jones.

So far, the Patriots’ free agency moves have focused on retaining key pieces internally. They are bringing back safety Devin McCourty, backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, and special teams captain Matthew Slater. A number of top free agents still remain on the board as of Monday afternoon, as the NFL’s “legal tampering” period takes place.

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