Donte’ Stallworth is well traveled; he knows the business side of the NFL. The top wide receiver free agent prize in 2007, Stallworth is now happy to just hook on late in the season with the Patriots.
Stallworth is one of those tricky evaluations, on one side he has speed to burn and can run by cornerbacks, but his inability to be consistent has led to him bouncing around from team to team.
Stallworth had signed with the Patriots during the 2012 off season, however, was cut Aug, 27th and he couldn’t find another team to hook on with.
The injury to Julian Edelman opened the door for Stallworth as the Patriots bypassed Deion Branch and his intimate knowledge along with his relationship with Tom Brady in place for Stallworth’s speed.
Expect Stallworth to be either streaking down the field or setting up on screens, but he knows you can’t just jump in and the Patriots will have a specific role for him. Stallworth talked about his return to New England and his struggle to get back to the NFL.
"I have a lot of love for this organization, and have a lot of friends on this team, so to say I was excited is probably an accurate assessment," Stallworth said according to Michael Whitmer of the Boston Globe.
"Playing in the offense before, it made it a lot easier, but being out as long as I have, it’s not like a video game, where you just throw someone in and they automatically know what’s going on. It’s like I’m back at school, I’ll be studying hard every day."
"I was obviously disappointed when I was released, but its part of the business," Stallworth said. "My main thing over these past few months I tried to stay in good shape, train hard, and hope for an opportunity, and thankfully I got it now.
"I’ve been in this league long enough to understand how it works. It’s just like after a game: You lose a game, you’re upset about it that night, but you come back in the next day and you prepare.
That’s what I did, although it took me a little more than a night. It took a few days, but after that I tried to get back down where I live in Miami, get back with my trainer, and just continue to work and hopefully get an opportunity."