Patriots reportedly host two top-tier free agents for visits, including WR Demaryius Thomas


The Patriots were quite busy on Wednesday.

Not only were a number of draft prospects in for visits, they also hosted two big-name free agents in wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and running back T.J. Yeldon, this according to ESPN's Field Yates.

Thomas has been rumored to be targeted by the Patriots for quite some time, including at the trade deadline last season. The former Denver receiver was traded to Houston where he tore his Achilles late in the year. This has to be a concern for the 31-year-old as it is a tough injury to overcome. He was released by Houston a few months ago.

When healthy and in the prime of his career, he was one of the better receivers in the entire NFL. He went over 1,000 yards receiving in five straight years from 2012-16 with the Broncos. Obviously, the Patriots need some depth at the receiver position and if healthy, Thomas could be a nice addition.

Running back isn't as big of a need, but having depth at that position is always a good thing. Yeldon has spent all four of his years in the league with the Jaguars and finished last year with 414 yards on the ground, while catching 55 passes out of the backfield. This is his strength, as in his four years he's totaled 171 catches.

The Patriots certainly need more weapons on offense, especially in the passing game, and these visits show they know it.