FOXBOROUGH — Donte’ Stallworth keeps his offseason home in Miami, and attended Sunday’s Patriots-Dolphins game. Three days later, he was in the Patriots locker room, signed to the team to provide depth at receiver after a season-ending injury to Julian Edelman.
Stallworth was with the Patriots in training camp, only to be cut before the season. He was with the team in 2007, and was happy to have a job in the NFL again, especially with an organization he’s familiar with.
“I have a lot of love for this organization, and have a lot of friends on this team, so to say I was excited is probably an accurate assessment,” Stallworth said. “Playing in the offense before, it made it a lot easier, but being out as long as I have, it’s not like a video game, where you just throw someone in and they automatically know what’s going on. It’s like I’m back at school, I’ll be studying hard every day.”
Stallworth, 32, is a nine-year veteran, and has been with six different teams, so he knows that getting released and changing teams is part of life in the league. Not that it makes it any easier.
“I was obviously disappointed when I was released, but it’s part of the business,” Stallworth said. “My main thing over these past few months is try to stay in good shape, train hard, and hope for an opportunity, and thankfully I got it now.
“I’ve been in this league long enough to understand how it works. It’s just like after a game: You lose a game, you’re upset about it that night, but you come back in the next day and you prepare. That’s what I did, although it took me a little more than a night. It took a few days, but after that I tried to get back down where I live in Miami, get back with my trainer, and just continue to work and hopefully get an opportunity.”
Stallworth last played for the Redskins in 2011, catching 22 passes for 309 yards and scoring two touchdowns.