The Patriots Signed slot receiver Isaiah Zuber as an undrafted free agent, to compete for a spot on a now loaded depth chart.According to Justin Trombino of Musket Fire, Zuber had a solid career before transferring in his final year. "Zuber left Kansas State ranked eighth in school history with the most career receptions (127), tied for 10th place with the most career touchdowns (11), and his 1,321 career receiving yards ranks him 22nd all-time in school history."
In his final season Zuber had 14 catches for 211 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games. Not great. The Patriots had better production from Mahmoud Sanu in less games, against tougher competition. The Patriots receivers battled injuries but defenders were sticking to them like fly paper all season long. The Patriots need someone who can get seperation, maybe that is Zuber.
What gives Zuber a shot to make the team is the fact he is a return specialist capable of fielding Punts and Kicks. In his career, he has 33 kick returns, averaging 15.5 yards. He also averaged 16.4 yards with a touchdown on 11 punt returns.
Sportstalkline.com had Zuber as a 3rd round draft pick. While they said he needs to work on his route running and has a slow accelerator, they gave him some praise with his upside.
Zuber's a"Multi-faceted player who lines up on the left, right, at FB and as a QB. His route running is impeccable and therefore stretches the field well. He fights for every ball and is tough to bring down after the catch. A nice sidestep and the ability to find even the smallest gap are huge attributes to have. He puts himself in great positions to make catches and has a never say die attitude to everything he does. An excellent catch radius and a great fend make him almost unstoppable."
If the Patriots got a third round pick in the "Eight round" if you will, there is no reason why the undrafted receiver shouldn't beat out Gunner and possibly leap from Meyers on the depth chart. One things is for certain, the Patriots need to improve in both the return game and receiving game. Zuber appears to have the potential but will his abilities translate to the NFL, we'll have to wait and see.