The New England Patriots Should Give Terrell Owens a Call

Posted on October 4, 2014 at 5:00 PM

The 2014 season is far from over and at this stage, it's not too late for the New England Patriots to turn things around.

It's no secret, their passing game has struggled more than it ever has during Tom Brady's tenure as the team's starting quarterback.


  • Brady ranks 31st in touchdown percentage (2.9).
  • Brady ranks 29th in passer rating (79.1).
  • Brady ranks 28th in adjusted net yards per attempt (5.00).
  • Brady ranks 27th in completion percentage (59.1).
  • The Patriots rank 24th in scoring (20.0 PPG).

At the wide receiver position, the Patriots have struggled just as much.

  • Julian Edelman has averaged 70.8 receiving yards per game.
  • Brandon LaFell has averaged 41.3 receiving yards per game.
  • Kenbrell Thompkins averaged 26.5 receiving yards per game—he's since been waived.
  • Aaron Dobson has averaged 13.0 receiving yards per game—from his (1) catch of the year.

Edelman and LaFell are the only receivers on the roster with a touchdown reception this year—(1) a piece in all four games combined.

If the Patriots opt to roll the dice with what they have, they may end up disappointed the same way they were in 2013 when they pushed forward with the same philosophy. Brady is nearing the end of his career, and after Monday night's humiliating loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, we can only assume that he will be as motivated as he's ever been to do everything in his power to help the Patriots get back on the right track.

But he needs help.

Terrell Owens, who has worked out with Brady in the past, remains an available option.

He's still in game-shape—freakishly so, as Mike Sando reported during his time with the Seattle Seahawks.

"You never see guys this old hardly on an NFL roster playing receiver because they usually can't run. But with T.O. running a 4.45 on Monday and one of the clockings was even 4.43, he obviously can still run. So in practice today, the DBs are fired up. They've been looking forward to this, to go against a name and he was matched against Richard Sherman who is a very good young corner for the Seahawks, and played at near Pro Bowl level last season, and T.O. went out right away and caught a pass off of him." -Mike Sando

Jerry Rice was 40 years old when him and 37-year-old quarterback Rich Gannon reached the Super Bowl—Owens is 40, Brady 37.

In 2013, the Patriots cruised to a playoff birth in a weak AFC East division, only to be knocked out in the AFC championship game by the Denver Broncos. If the Patriots aim to learn from last year's mistakes, it might be worth their time to at least give Owens a call.

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