6 Wide Receivers Patriots Must Target if They Miss on Calvin Ridley

Six wide receivers the New England Patriots should pivot to after missing out on Calvin Ridley.

Sep 24, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA;  Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown (2) celebrates
Sep 24, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Marquise Brown (2) celebrates / Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
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The New England Patriots are attempting to sign stud wide receiver Calvin Ridley in free agency, but it seems the Florida native is favoring a return to Jacksonville instead.

The Pats must pivot quickly if they're to land one of top wideouts remaining on the market. And thankfully, there's quite a few veterans who'd be perfect backup plans.

1. Marquise Brown

Marquise Brown is now the marquee WR who's without a team following Ridley's deal, and he'd be a great consolation prize for New England.

Brown is an exciting playmaker with great speed who could help open up the Pats' offense. He has a strong recent résumé, with averages of 66.8 receptions, 765.0 yards and 5.3 touchdowns over the last four seasons. That includes a 90-catch, 1,000-yard showing in 2021 as Lamar Jackson's top WR target.

Hollywood never quite reached that height in Arizona, but he also had a couple minor injuries that sidelined him and dealt with quarterback health issues as well.

Brown is the clear best option to bring in for a team in desperate need of a top wide receiver. DeMario Douglas led this squad in receiving yards with just 561 this past season, and second-leading wide receiver Kendrick Bourne is coming off of a torn ACL.

This group craves someone who can step in and take charge. With four straight years of 100-plus targets across two different teams, it's obvious Brown is the perfect man left standing for the job.