The Patriots made some moves today by extending an offer sheet to Pittsburgh RFA Emmanuel Sanders, and resigning oft-injured but clearly talented slot receiver Julian Edelman. Should the Sanders signing stand, the moves will add depth to a position where the team had some glaring needs.
Looking at the Sanders signing specifically, initially it was surprising to me for a number of reasons. Firstly, it came after weeks of silence following his initial visit with the teams. Many, including myself, speculated the team was looking towards the draft to add a talented pass catcher. But apparently the Patriots are aware of the fact that they have a terrible track record doing so.
Mike Reiss raised an excellent point in his own analysis of the Sanders deal today regarding the Patriots history of selecting receivers in the draft, bringing to light a recent quote from Belichick that makes more sense of the Sanders signing:
“As I’ve said many times before, I think the college passing game is...