Thursday, May 9, 2013
More talk on the Pats' WRs
By Tim Kavanagh
After the Tennessee Titans added Justin Hunter in the second round of the draft, there was talk that there would be an odd man out from amongst the veterans already on the roster; Lavelle Hawkins was that man, and he was released by Tennessee last week, only to land with the New England Patriots on Wednesday. So how does he fit in to the Patriots' mix at the position?
In the opinion of Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, there are only two "locks" to make the roster this fall: FA signing Danny Amendola and second-round pick Aaron Dobson. Beyond that, there's no certainty.
Meanwhile, ESPNBoston.com scribe Mike Reiss isn't even sure we can throw Dobson in as a "lock" at this point, either:
Mike ReissWednesday chat
"I think they throw the rookies out there and see what happens. The way I look at it, you have Amendola as the lock, and then you're hoping Dobson is your other WR. If that doesn't work out, you have Michael Jenkins (40 catches in Minnesota last year) as a possible option as that pure outside/perimeter option. It would be great if Josh Boyce could emerge as the No. 3 option, but if not you have Donald Jones as a possibility. Then Julian Edelman is a wild card. When healthy, I think he could be a factor as a No. 2-3-4 guy. So I see it as pretty well stocked at this point. The young guys are an unknown to a degree, but I think you always have that at some positions. The only way for young guys to get over that hump is to play them and see how it unfolds."