Patriots to host former Bills WR Josh Reed

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The New England Patriots will host free-agent receiver Josh Reed on Monday.

He's a downgrade from Anquan Boldin, whom the Patriots tried to pry away from the Arizona Cardinals on Friday, but Reed might be a nice stopgap until slot star Wes Welker has recovered from reconstructive knee surgery.

Reed is coming off his worst season in many years, but what Bills receiver wasn't?

He had 27 receptions for 291 yards and one touchdown, his lowest production since 2004.

Terrell Owens and Lee Evans also were coming off disappointing seasons because the Bills were a mess, firing their offensive coordinator 10 days before the regular season, scrapping their no-huddle offense well into the season, using three starting quarterbacks and suffering a slew of injuries on the line.

Reed could be on his way from that disaster to catching passes from Tom Brady.

ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss notes Reed could serve in a versatile role similar to Jabar Gaffney.