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3 Wide Receivers Patriots Should Still Target Before Trade Deadline

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 2:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the first quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Paul Brown Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots are always among the most active teams around the NFL trade deadline. Even though they have already traded away a second-round draft pick to acquire Mohamed Sanu from the Falcons, they could still use some additional help at the receiver position. With that in mind, let's look at three receivers who should be targeted by the defending Super Bowl champs prior to Tuesday's deadline, in order to further stretch the field for TB12.

3. Corey Davis

Tennessee Titans v Atlanta Falcons
Tennessee Titans v Atlanta Falcons

Davis has not lived up to the hype of being taken with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. However, he hasn't received much help from his quarterbacks, either. Bill Belichick has a history of turning other teams' trash into treasure, and the Titans appear to like what they have in Rookie A.J. Brown and veteran Adam Humphries. The Patriots would get a young player with a lot of talent and upside if they could pull this off.

2. Taylor Gabriel

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Taylor Gabriel #18 of the Chicago Bears reacts after a play against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedExField on September 23, 2019 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
Chicago Bears v Washington Redskins | Will Newton/Getty Images

By any metric, the Bears' offense has looked pitiful and skittish in their last few outings. Gabriel's presence as the No. 2 receiver won't make much of a difference for Chicago when Mitch Trubisky is lining up under center. However, he would make an impact on New England. He could give them a legitimate deep threat, which could help open things up for the Patriots' struggling offense.

1. A.J. Green

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22:  A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 22, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo beats Cincinnati 21 to 17.  (Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig/Getty Images)
Cincinnati Bengals v Buffalo Bills | Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

The Bengals' receiver has publicly stated that he would like to play his entire career in Cincinnati. However, Green is in the last year of his deal, and the Bengals appear to be going nowhere this season. Green would provide New England with a receiver who can consistently make plays outside the numbers, which is something they currently do not have. This is your big fish, Evil Empire.