Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Fleshing out Pats WR corps
By Tom Carpenter
If you take a look at the New England Patriots WR depth chart, you may not see many familiar names. Veterans Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd are gone, which leaves them with the likes of Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Michael Jenkins, Donald Jones and rookies Aaron Dobson (second-rounder) and Josh Boyce (fourth-rounder). Of course, the Pats have been successful over the years at making no-namers into quality producers, so it wouldn't be surprising to see some of the lesser-known pass-catchers make a splash in 2013.
ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss touched on how he sees the pecking order working out in the Pats WR corps during a chat with readers on Wednesday:
Mike ReissWednesday chat
"Nate, 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."