A fourth-round pick of the 49ers in 2013, Patton managed just six receptions across 10 games in his first two seasons before landing a regular role within the offense. Despite the uptick in snaps beginning in 2015, uninspiring offenses under the direction of head coaches Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly didn't translate to significant output, as evidenced by a combined 67 catches (on 120 targets) for 802 yards and one touchdown during that stretch. With the move to New York, Patton will now be jostling with a number of options -- wideouts Eric Decker (shoulder), Quincy Enunwa, and Robby Anderson, plus pass-catching backs Matt Forte (knee) and Bilal Powell -- in an offense led by graybeard quarterback Josh McCown.
Even if the Colts hadn't signed Aiken, it's quite likely Dorsett would've faced competition from Chester Rogers, Quan Bray (ankle) and/or a draft pick. Simply put, the 2015 first-round selection hasn't developed as expected through two seasons, catching 51 passes for 753 yards and three touchdowns in 26 games. Dorsett did manage efficient marks of 16.0 yards per catch and 8.8 yards per target last season, but he only drew four targets per game in an Indianapolis offense that badly needed someone to step up while Donte Moncrief (56 targets in nine games) was injured. Dorsett has yet to prove he's anything more than an occasional deep threat.
Unsigned through the first two weeks of free agency, Streater should find a home prior to the NFL Draft, though he may have to settle for a one-year contract and a shot to compete for a roster spot. He only caught 18 passes for 191 yards in 16 games with the 49ers last season, handling a minor role in one of the league's worst offensive attacks. His 2013 stat line with Oakland -- 60 catches for 888 yards -- is now a distant memory, with the 29-year-old wideout tallying only 28 receptions over the past three years.
Cruz was released by the Giants in February and visited with the Panthers shortly thereafter, but he doesn't seem to have many suitors around the league. While a return to New York can't entirely be ruled out, he'd probably need to accept a veteran's minimum contract and then compete for a spot at the bottom of the depth chart. The best Cruz can hope for is a modest one-year deal that gives him a shot to compete for a job as a No. 3/4 receiver. It sounds like he'll need to venture outside New York for that to happen.
T.Y Hilton and Donte Moncrief are locked in at the top, but with 2015 first-rounder Phillip Dorsett shaping up as a disappointment, the rest of the Indianapolis wideout depth chart should be up for grabs. Aiken had to settle for a one-year deal in the wake of a disappointing 2016 season, but he did catch 75 passes for 944 yards in 2015 while serving as Baltimore's No. 1 receiver for much of the year. The Andrew Luck-led Colts could give the 27-year-old a real shot to get his career back on track, as Moncrief's injury history and Dorsett's poor performance leave the team without reliable pass-catching options behind Hilton.
Aiken officially inked his new deal with the Colts on Tuesday afternoon, giving Andrew Luck another weapon to utilize on offense. The 27-year-old had a breakout season in 2015, recording 75 receptions for 944 yards and five touchdowns with the Ravens. He figures to serve as the Colts' No. 4 wideout on the depth chart behind T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief, and Phillip Dorsett.
The 28-year-old served primarily as a kick return specialist for the Bears last season, but still managed to record 22 receptions for 249 yards and two touchdowns through 16 games last season. His breakout performance came Week 15 against the Packers as Thompson hauled in eight passes for 110 yards. Look for him to compete for the starting kick return position this offseason.
Byrd only played in one game for the the Panthers last season, recording one reception for 16 yards. While conditioning on his own this offseason, the 24-year-old injured his left knee. Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said, "We saw him for treatment, but he continued to experience pain and swelling. An MRI revealed he has torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, and Dr. Connor will perform a scope on his left knee. We will modify our conditioning program, and he's projected to be ready to go later in the offseason." Look for more updates on the wideout's status to come as training camp nears.
Aiken visited the Colts on Friday and also drew interest from Seattle, with his ability to contribute on special teams likely piquing the interest of a couple of franchises that already have solid weapons out wide. The 2011 UDFA bounced around the league while mostly playing special teams until 2015, when he caught 75 passes for 944 yards after injuries pushed him to the top of Baltimore's depth chart. Aiken only caught 29 balls for a much healthier Ravens team last season, mostly serving as the No. 4 wide receiver. He's likely ticketed for a similar role in Indianapolis, though it's conceivable he could challenge disappointing 2015 first-rounder Phillip Dorsett for the No. 3 spot. Aiken is expected to sign a contract at some point Tuesday.
Davis appeared in three games for the Chargers last season but received just two total targets and caught neither of them. He initially slots in as nothing more than the No. 7 wide receiver on the depth chart and will need to fight for a roster spot in training camp this summer.