This week, Tom E. Curran continues his examination of the Patriots’ potential free agents. Now: Michael Hoomanawanui. Later today: Matthew Mulligan. Tomorrow: Ryan Wendell and Will Svitek.
There were times in training camp when Michael Hoomanawanui would make the most amazing catches. One hand. Reaching behind himself. Diving catches. And it wasn’t like he caught those and dropped the easy ones.
Hooman is a legitimately good at catching the football.
His limitation is separation. Which is why -- for Patriots purposes -- he only gets thrown to when he’s been forgotten about.
Last season, Hooman had 12 catches on 19 targets for 136 yards. One-third of his receptions came against New Orleans. In 2012, he had five catches for 109 yards.
Hooman will turn 26 on July 4th, and he’s also getting hitched in Hawaii this summer. He’s been with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for three seasons (beginning in St. Louis in 2011).
So he’s young, has excellent hands, can play fullback or tight end and is a decent blocker.
In a little over a month, Hooman’s contract is going to expire. What will the Patriots do?
Well, the whole position needs upgrading.
Hence, they’ll probably let Hooman and his agent troll around the league a little. If neither side finds something better out there, expect them to come together.