Dontrelle Inman explains why he signed with Patriots

Ryan Hannable
May 24, 2019 - 11:56 am

FOXBORO -- The Patriots added several wide receivers this offseason, most recently Dontrelle Inman.

The veteran free agent reportedly had interest from other teams, so why the Patriots?

“I like winning,” Inman said to reporters after Thursday's OTA session. “It’s one of those things like being part of a winning organization, you want to try to help the team win. That’s why I made my decision.” 

The 30-year-old caught 28 passes for 304 yards with three touchdowns in nine games with the Colts last season, but his best season came in 2016 with the Chargers when he caught 58 passes for 810 yards with four touchdowns. 

Inman is a versatile receiver who can play both on the outside and inside.

Playing for three different teams before the Patriots, Inman knows the first step is to understand the playbook.

“Any time you go to a new place, the verbiage is going to be different, but the concepts are going to be the same, so it’s just a matter of erasing the verbiage that you’ve learned in the past and basically just start fresh,” Inman said. “It doesn’t come easy to no one. It’s just a matter of memorization. If you can memorize it, then it’s good. If you can’t memorize it, then just like any place in this league, you won’t be successful."

Inman is part of a receivers depth chart that includes Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, N'Keal Harry, Demaryius Thomas, Maurice Harris, Braxton Berrios, Jakobi Meyers, Damoun Patterson and Ryan Davis.

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