Wide Outs Wanted
The New England Patriots wide receiver corps in 2018 was going to be vastly different than in 2017 regardless of any attrition in training camp. But with the recent release of veteran late signee Eric Decker, the team is now dangerously thin at a position that becomes somewhat important when you consider the Pats QB is a decent player. Since Camp started, the team has released 4 veteran wide outs. With the current camp participants, Only Chris Hogan and Philip Dorsett have caught a pass from #12 in NFL game and Cordarrelle Patterson is more a kick returner, fill in type. The team needs and help… FAST.
How did the Patriots get in this predicament? A lot of bad luck and defections. The team traded Brandin Cooks to the Rams and lost postseason hero Danny Amendola to Miami. Kenny Britt and Jordan Matthews became injury related cuts. Malcolm Mitchell, who was so promising in his 2016 rookie season, could never get his injured knee to heel and after missing the entire 2017 campaign, he was released. Decker just appears to be shot athletically and was not a lock to make the team. Finally, we have the unfortunate Julian Edelman PED suspension situation. Patriots fans like to say Tom Brady can make chicken salad out of chicken s---. In the first four games, He might get to prove that theory.
The Pats need bodies and talent. And a young breakthrough player to step up. Riley McCarron comes to mind. Trades? Keep an eye on the Saints and Broncos. They can also use the depth at running back and tight end to overcome the receiver situation. Get used to hearing lots of 12 and 21 personnel talk. A back and 2 tight ends or 2 backs and a tight end. The Patriots have time and Tom Brady. Usually that works. But be prepared for some rough patches and adversity. And nobody is better I crisis than… #12.