Jeff Demps was supposed to be the kick return savior last year, but then he got injured. He'll still be here this year but a report from Nick Underhill of MassLive.com says the Pats have been asking about Josh Cribbs. A much more proven solution.
The New England Patriots are among a handful of teams that have shown interest in former Cleveland Browns wide receiver and return man Josh Cribbs, according to a source.
A person close to Cribbs said that he is "very happy" with the interest he has drawn form various teams so far, though it is not known what level of interest the Patriots actually have in him.
Cribbs is OK as a receiver but he's a Pro Bowl level returner, highlighted by his 2009 season when he returned three kicks and a punt. He hasn't had a return for a touchdown since but recently the Browns have been trying to use Cribbs more as a wide receiver, and his seasons have been riddled with injuries.
Still, his skill set is something the Patriots could greatly utilize on an inconsistent return unit. The Patriots have only had three kick returns for touchdown since 2010 and zero in the second half since Brandon Tate took one back coming out of half time against Miami in that same season.