Galloway: Patriots weren’t a ‘good fit’
|01.22.10 at 9:00 pm ET|
Former Patriots receiver Joey Galloway ‘ who had a brief but unceremonious run with New England during the 2009 season ‘ spoke with ESPN Radio’s Scott Van Pelt on Friday, and said “it just wasn’t a good fit” for him with the Patriots.
The veteran receiver played in three games with the Patriots in 2009 and finished with seven catches for 67 yards, but never seemed comfortable in the New England offense. He was released in mid-October, and signed on Dec. 22 with the Steelers.
“It just wasn’t a good fit,” Galloway said. “I had a different idea of what I was going there to do. I thought that I was going there to be the third receiver. I thought I was going there to help them stretch the field to go vertical, and once I got there, that just wasn’t the case. The third receiver in New England doesn’t a large role in much of the offense, and that’s in practice, that’s on game day.
“There was a lot of talk that me and Brady were having issues and we couldn’t get on the same page. Me and Tom Brady are great friends. I still talk to him. Great guy.
“But there is no page for the third receiver. We would go a week through practice. There would be one maybe two balls thrown to the third guy. It just wasn’t a good fit for what I thought I was going there to do.”
The stats don’t necessarily support Galloway’s argument. He was targeted 22 times in his three games with the Patriots, which is about right for a third option in the passing game. In addition, the last two players who have lined up as the No. 3 receiver in the New England offense ‘ Donte Stallworth in 2007 and Jabar Gaffney in 2008 ‘ enjoyed great success. In 2007, Stallworth caught 46 passes and finished with 697 receiving yards and three touchdowns, while Gaffney had 38 catches for 468 yards and two touchdowns in 2008 as the third receiver. In both cases, both players parlayed those seasons into big free agent paydays.
(H/T to ESPN’s AFC East blogger Tim Graham for finding the link.)