Patriots Wide Receivers Preview: Revamped Receiving Corps Should Frighten Opponents

July 20, 2012 12:00 AM
Patriots Wide Receivers Preview: Revamped Receiving Corps Should Frighten Opponents
" With Patriots training camp set to open on July 26, CBSBostonSports will break down the outlook for every position on the roster. Today’s breakdown is on the wide receivers.

Position: Wide Receivers Major Players: Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, Deion Branch, Matthew Slater On The Bubble: Julian Edelman, Donte Stallworth, Jeremy Ebert

Outlook

While Wes Welker’s drop in the final minutes of Super Bowl XLVI remains the indelible memory from that fateful night, the fact is that the Patriots’ issues at wide receiver plagued them all year long. All things considered, it’s incredible, really, that they came one catch away from winning the Super Bowl.

But if that was the bad news for the 2011 season, the good news for the 2012 season is that those problems are history.

Bill Belichick got rid of his Chad Ochocinco, who worked as a human anchor last season in the Patriots’ offense. He also made signing Brandon Lloyd a top priority and jumped at the chance to reunite Jabar Gaffney with Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels the minute the receiver became available "

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