Caldwell at the Patriots 2006 Training Camp
Reche Caldwell was a National Football League (NFL) wide receiver for the Washington Redskins. He was born on March 28, 1979 in Tampa Florida. His real first name is Donald.... Reche weighs 210 pounds and is 6 feet tall. His brother Andre Caldwell, who also plays wide receiver, is attending the University of Florida and was a key contributer to the Gators football team that won the 2006 BCS Championship Team.
Caldwell attended Jefferson High School in Tampa, Florida from 1994 -1997. He started at quarterback for the team and passed for 6936 yards and 77 touchdowns and was the District MVP in both his senior and junior seasons (1996 & 1997). As a junior he was also a finalist for the Florida's Mr. Football Award.
Reche Caldwell played wide receiver for the University of Florida from 1998 to 2001. In his senior year he a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award (college footballs best receiver award) and became only one of nine Florida receivers in history to gain over thousand yards in a season.
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In 2002, Caldwell was picked by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2002 NFL draft. He played for the Chargers for four seasons as a third or forth wide receiver. As a Charger Caldwell had a total production of 76 receptions for 950 yards and seven touchdowns. In his rookie season he also returned nine kicks for 220 yards. One area that he struggled with was not getting injured. In the 2003 and 2004 seasons, Reche only played in fourteen games total in that period (out of a possible 32 games) due to numerous bodily aliments. However, the 2005 season brought better luck and better health for Reche. In 2005, for the first time since his rookie season, he stayed injury free all year and had his best season up to that point in his career.
In 2006 Caldwell's contract with the Chargers ran out and he became a free agent. In the first day of the NFL free agency, March 2, 2006, he signed with the New England Patriots to a three year deal. Due to the fact that the Patriots wide receiver core was depleted from loses in free agency and a trade (Deion Branch being traded to Settle for a first round pick after a contract dispute) Caldwell quickly inherited the role of number one wide receiver in the Patriots offense. He carried the burden far better then expected. His first season as a Patriots was a breakout one. Not only did he set career records in all of his offense categories - but he also managed to stay relatively injury free playing in 15 games while starting 14 of them. He finished the regular season with 61 receptions for 760 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also had two games over 100 yards receiving.
In his first three games of playoff action with the Patriots he amassed 16 receptions for 176 yards and 1 touchdown. He also had both his most memorial play - and the play that he would most like to forget of his career in the 2006 playoffs. In the AFC division game vs. his former team, the San Diego Chargers, Reche caught a pass for 49 yards for a first down on a third down and long play in the forth quarter with under two minutes left in the game. The Patriots would end up winning the game on a field goal from the field position gained on the reception. The next week in the AFC Championship game vs. the Indianapolis Colts Caldwell, dropped two potential touchdown passes. The second drop forced that Patriots to kick a field goal and they ended up losing by four points that a touchdown would have given them.
After the completion of the Patriots 2007 preseason and training camp, Cardwell was released by the Patriots. He was signed by the Washington Redskins on September 11, 2007.