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WR Depth

2012 WRs

Name

Age

Seasons

Height

83 Wes Welker (PR)

32

9

5'9

84 Deion Branch

33

11

5'9

85 Brandon Lloyd

32

10

6'0

11 Julian Edelman

27

5

5'10

18 Matthew Slater (KR)

27

6

5'10

16 Kamar Aiken

24

3

6'2

2013 WRs

Name

Age

Seasons

Height

Danny Amendola

27

5

5'11

Aaron Dobson

21

R

6'3

Donald Jones

25

4

6'0

Julian Edelman (PR)

27

5

5'10

Lavelle Hawkins

26

6

5'11

Michael Jenkins

31

10

6'4

Josh Boyce

22

R

5'11

Matthew Slater (KR)

27

6

5'10

Kamar Aiken

24

3

6'2

Mark Harrison

22

R

6'3

TJ Moe *IR

22

R

6'0

The Patriots have clearly made an effort to get younger at the position, and to find themselves a couple tall, physical, outside targets, which they have clearly been lacking the past couple of seasons.

Other than Kamar Aiken, who was little more than a developmental player last year, the Pats had no one over 6'0 at the WR position in 2012. In essence they had a roster full of slot WRs, none of which were incredibly fast, and therefore were not a serious threat to burn the Defense down the sidelines.

Obviously, they did not have a tall and physical outside threat either.

This year, they have Michael Jenkins (6'4) and Aaron Dobson (6'3) who can fill that particular void... with Aiken and Harrison two other potential (or developmental) players who can fit that need.

The production and play of Welker, Branch and Lloyd... should be filled by Amendola, Edelman, Hawkins and Jones. With Jenkins and Dobson bringing another dimension to what the Offense can do. There is also rookie Josh Boyce, who could become a contributor this season.

What was lost:

The familiarity and cohesion Brady had with Welker and Branch, their ability to read the Defense and see the same things Brady saw in the Defense and know where to go, and what to do. The confidence and trust Brady had in them cannot be overstated.

What is gained:

The array of physical and athletic skills, youth and speed, far surpasses what was on the roster last year.

What to expect:

Growing pains, certainly. But it is not beyond the realm of possibility that Amendola and Edelman can fill the void (and gain the trust of Brady) of production that Welker and Branch provided. Whether or not Hawkins, Jones, or Boyce can step in and be part of that as well, remains to be seen... and I suspect will take time to develop.

In addition I expect a new wrinkle to be added, with Jenkins and Dobson combining to provide that outside target that has been missing since Moss was traded.

Both Dobson and Boyce can bring that speed factor to the outside as well. Something I expect the Patriots will force opponents to respect, if only to open up the middle more for their other weapons (IE - Gronk, Hernandez, Vereen).

Overall I expect the WR position to be a greater strength this season, than in recent season's past... we just have to cross our fingers and hope that they remain relatively healthy.

The views expressed in these FanPosts are not necessarily those of the writers or SBNation.

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