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Patriots host TE Crumpler

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  March 8, 2010 05:46 PM

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The Patriots are hosting veteran tight end Alge Crumper today, according to league sources. The team has to find someone to play tight end with Benjamin Watson a free agent and Chris Baker sent packing last Thursday.

That left Robbie Agnone and Rob Myers as the Patriots tight ends.

The 32-year-old Crumpler, who had 27 receptions for 222 yards and a touchdown last season, is available because the Titans put the first-round tender on tight end Bo Scaife and are high on second-year tight end Jared Cook.

Cook, ironically, was drafted by the Titans last year (No. 89 overall) with a third-round pick they picked up from the Patriots in exchange for a 2010 second rounder.
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Christopher L. Gasper riffs on the news

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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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