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Galloway: Pats had 'no page' for me

One of the AFC East's most bizarre developments -- or lack thereof -- heading into the 2009 season was Joey Galloway with the New England Patriots.

How a receiver with 15 years of NFL experience couldn't get comfortable in an offense with Tom Brady throwing him the ball was vexing. Miscommunication was obvious to anyone who watched them try to connect in OTAs, training camp and preseason games. Chemistry never formed.

The Patriots cut Galloway after three games. He caught seven passes for 67 yards and no touchdowns.

Galloway stopped by the "Scott Van Pelt Show" on ESPN Radio to talk about the conference championship games, but discussed his problems with the Patriots.

"It just wasn't a good fit," Galloway said. "I had a different idea of what I was going there to do. I thought that I was going there to be the third receiver. I thought I was going there to help them stretch the field to go vertical, and once I got there, that just wasn't the case. The third receiver in New England doesn't play a large role in much of the offense, and that's in practice, that's on game day.

"There was a lot of talk that me and Brady were having issues and we couldn't get on the same page. Me and Tom Brady are great friends. I still talk to him. Great guy.

"But there is no page for the third receiver. We would go a week through practice. There would be one maybe two balls thrown to the third guy. It just wasn't a good fit for what I thought I was going there to do."

Now, I never played at a level higher than the Portage County League, so maybe my grasp of Galloway's involvement is unenlightened.

But I watched two voluntary workouts that were open to the media and a few days of training camp at Gillette Stadium. I saw Brady throw to Galloway several times in each session. They frequently crossed each other up. Galloway dropped passes.

Brady targeted Galloway 15 times in a Week 2 loss to the New York Jets and 22 times in their three games together. I would say 15 balls thrown your way makes you a significant part of the offense. Galloway caught five of those 15 passes.