Thursday, December 6, 2012

Stallworth: Playing football beats watching TV all day


The phrase "off the couch" is a standard cliché used in reference to free agent football players who are signed midseason.

Cliché doesn't mean inaccurate.

Wide receiver Donte' Stallworth, who didn't make the New England Patriots' team out of training camp, was again picked up by the Patriots this week after New England put Julian Edelman on Injured Reserve.

“Better than sitting home watching ‘Dexter’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire’ all day," Stallworth said Wednesday, via

Stallworth, who was in a roster-spot battle with a large stable of receivers over the summer, was released by New England at the end of August. But that wasn't his only experience with the team. Stallworth was a member of the Patriots' near-perfect squad in 2007.

“That’s one of the things that enabled me to come back here, the fact that I am familiar with the offense, played in it before," Stallworth said. "Being out as long as I have, it’s still something – it’s not like a video game where you can just throw someone in and they automatically know what’s going on."

Aside from watching TV, Stallworth said he's been training strenuously since being released in preparation for his next opportunity, which nearly came after workouts with the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills.

He also attended the Patriots' divisional road bout with the Dolphins last week. This week, he'll be a little close to the game.

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