Patriots Lack Wide Receiver Depth
The New England Patriots have a really weak wide receiver group heading into the season. With Julian Edelman out the first four games of the season, It will be up to Chris Hogan and a bunch of average receivers to step their game up. Danny Amendola had 659 yards last season and two touchdowns. That is more than the current receiving core today, excluding Julian Edelman. Phillip Dorsett had zero touchdowns and just 194 yards last season. Chris Hogan had five touchdowns and 439 yards. Cordarrelle Patterson had zero touchdowns and 309 yards. Riley McCarron was on the practice squad.
This maybe the second weakest group of receivers Tom Brady has had in his career, only behind the 2006 team with Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney.
The Patriots Worked Out Eric Decker
The Patriots worked out Eric Decker on Monday. Decker had 563 yards and one touchdown last season for the Tennesse Titans. The Patriots also placed Jordan Matthews on IR today after a hamstring injury he suffered at Sunday’s practice.
It’s worth noting there are a few examples of receivers Belichick has brought in who haven’t worked out. Case and point – Chad Ochocinco’s dismal 2011 season. Ochocinco couldn’t get a handle on the offense after all the hype over the summer. Eric Decker could be in line for a similar showing if he makes the team. The lack of depth at the position is a problem, especially during the first month of the season.
Would Dez Bryant Help/Hurt The Team?
Rumors are flying that the Patriots may take a look at Dez Bryant. Would he be helpful or hurtful to the team? He would be a great add because of his production on the field, but not for the drama that comes with him. There would likely come a point where he’ll be complaining he doesn’t get the ball enough.
The Patriots have enough distractions surrounding their team. They really don’t need anymore, so perhaps it would be best to stay far away from Bryant. Eric Decker might be the best option for Brady to throw to at the beginning of the season.