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Stallworth: Patriots' first questionable move; and other notes

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Updated Oct. 06, 2010 @ 7:26 p.m.
By Eric Edholm

Count me among the ones who were less than Impressed with the Patriots' signing of Donté Stallworth. I have heard the rationale from the 493 Pats fans who just logged into the ESPN.com chat I finished a few minutes ago; they say that the Stallworth deal is set up similarly to that of Javon Walker's contract of last year, and I understand that. But Stallworth is not in Walker's neighborhood as a receiver, healthy or not. Walker had been hurt but hadn't shown a propensity for getting hurt. Stallworth has.

I like their other moves. Wes Welker probably will lead the team in catches and should be a fine kickoff guy or punt guy, or both. I had no problem with them giving up a second-rounder. Adalius Thomas might be slightly overhyped (funny for a guy who routinely landed on writers' all-underrated teams a few years back), but he's a good fit with a team where he doesn't have to be the guy. And Kyle Brady and Sammy Morris are key role players. Even Kelley Washington could be a nice fit, though who was the last "big" receiver to thrive up there? Vincent Brisby? He was rail-thin from what I remember. (Readers: Help me on this.)

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