New England Patriots Banking on Receivers Staying Healthy in 2013

By Andrew Fisher
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It’s been an offseason filled with changes for the New England Patriots. Starting with their failure to re-sign Wes Welker, and then with the release of Brandon Lloyd. With these two receivers no longer on the roster, the team went out and inked some new talent. Danny Amendola has been brought in to replace Welker, and Donald Jones is essentially Lloyd’s replacement.

The concern? Both Amendola and Jones have had problems staying on the field in their careers. The Patriots are no doubt taking a risk by signing these receivers, but it’s clear that they’re just going in a different direction.

In addition, tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have also had trouble making it to the gridiron every Sunday, so there are really four players with a significant history of injuries in their receiver corps.

Say to safe, the Pats are banking on their pass-catchers to stay healthy in 2013. If they all do, and they can all play in the majority of games, New England will be fine. But if history repeats itself with one, or two of these guys, they could have problems.

The talent is still there in the receiver corps. Losing Welker hurts, but Amendola is a very similar receiver, with a lot less mileage. Jones is still yet to breakout, but if it’s going to happen, it will be with Tom Brady tossing him the pigskin.

All the normal potential is there for Brady and his wide outs, but now the Pats will have to hope that these new guys reverse their career-long trends of being injured.


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