FOXBORO, Mass. — The Patriots were the only team that held a workout for speedy Ohio wide receiver Taylor Price. Even still, Price believed he’d be off the board by the end of the day Friday, and that’s how things wound up, with New England taking him at No.90.
The 6-foot, 212-pounder caught 149 passes for 2,019 yards and 14 touchdowns during his four-year career. He was electrically timed with a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, which is some pretty serious speed.
Price played in a run-first, option-based offense, so his opportunities weren't exactly flowing. (Older Patriots fans might liken Price's role as something of Stanley Morgan’s situation with New England in the 1980s.) He is an extremely fast receiver who lined up on the outside at Ohio, but he'll need to learn each receiver position in New England. Due to Ohio’s offensive style, you can bet the physically-sound Price can block, too.
It’s going to be pretty tough to crack into the Patriots’ roster, and the practice squad might be an option. Randy Moss, Torry Holt, Julian Edelman and Sam Aiken (for his heavy value on special teams) figure to be locks to make the team, and Wes Welker will likely start the season on the physically unable to perform list. That means Price will battle Brandon Tate, David Patten and Matthew Slater for one or two roster positions.
Even with plenty of competition for a roster spot, Price is excited to learn from a cast of wideouts who could one day end up in the Hall of Fame.
"They're veterans," Price said of Moss, Holt and Welker. "You've got to learn from the veterans, and those are guys you look up to. You walk in the locker room and you’ve got to just do anything you can to learn anything off them that you can. They've been around for so long and had so much success, so you just try to learn as much off them as possible."
"I like Greg Jennings form the Packers. He does a great job. That's kind of who I look up to myself. He has a lot of great qualities — smart, fast, he plays the game well, comes from a MAC school [Western Michigan]. He has a lot of the qualities that I think I have, but we’re all different, so we bring to the game a different set of qualities than everybody else."
–Price when asked who he models his game after.