By: Andrew Ludwig
One of the key contributors to the wide receiver position will be Julian Edelman after his breakout season he will look to repeat another dominant performance, but it would be nice to see him not have to take as much of the load as he had to handle last season. Look for the Patriot's to use him anywhere in the offense. They will move him from the slot, to the outside, on special teams, he can play almost anywhere on the field.
Danny Amendola will be the "Wes Welker" of the offense and operate primarily out of the slot position and look to maintain his health this year. If he can stay healthy (a big IF), there is no reason why he can't have a similar breakout season that Edelman had last year.
Aaron Dobson at 6'3", will look to bounce back after an up and down rookie campaign. He is another player that if he can figure out his health issues and stay on the field, he can look to open up the field for Edelman, Amendola and the running game by stretching the field and keeping the safeties from moving up in the box.
Kenbrell Thompkins was a pleasant surprise last season, but it will be interesting to see whether he can repeat his successful rookie season. This season will be a real turning point in his career, he can either be a one hit wonder with his performance last year, or he can turn into a consistent threat in the Patriot's offense.
Matthew Slater will continue to be used primarily as a special teams player, as he is one of the best in the game right now, but don't be surprised if the Patriot's try to squeeze him into the offense on way or another this season.
Josh Boyce is someone that needs to have a strong training camp if he hopes to have an impact this season and stay on the team. He has the potential to be a burner with elite speed, but his injuries have limited him. A healthy Boyce can be someone that can stretch the field and be a deep threat for the Brady.
The new guy, Brandon Lafell, signed from the Carolina Panthers looks to be an instant boost to the Patriot's receiving depth chart. Not only does he bring some size to the position but he brings experience, and a football savvy mind. Brady will learn to love Brandon Lafell, look for him to have a big impact this season in Josh McDaniel's offense.
Rookies, Jeremy Johnson 6'0" 179 LBS, finished with 196 receptions and 10 TD's in his career at SMU, Jeremy Gallon, 5'8" 184 LBS drafted in the 7th Round out of Michigan, Wilson Van Hooser 6'0", 197 LBS played his college football at Troy University after transferring from Tulane University and finished his career with 55 receptions fro 805 yards and 9 TD's, and Reese Wiggins 5'11" 193 LBS finished out his career at East Carolina with 80 receptions for 1,012 yards and 8 TD's. Training camps are always interesting to see what late round and undrafted rookies emerge out of the crowd. Look for Van Hooser to emerge as a returner and special teams player, while Johnson and Gallon can add depth to the receiver position.