It’s really hard to call the New England Patriots‘ wide receiver unit anything other than unknown here in 2013 training camp. The names in this group cannot be considered the “household” variety anywhere outside of Massachusetts. This position battle will probably last throughout training camp but for now, the only sure thing is that Danny Amendola will start Week 1 — that is if he can even stay healthy.
This is among the massive WR questions in Foxboro, with rookies Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Tompkins, Josh Boyce and vet Michael Jenkins getting work as No. 2 and No. 3 receivers. Pro Football Focus founder Neal Hornsby visited Patriots camp days ago and speculated that Dobson seemed ahead of the pack in that regard.
“It’s difficult to get a handle on the Patriots receivers because of the overt rotation, but Aaron Dobson looks to be the next man up after Danny Amendola. An unusual name that appeared further up the rotation than I assumed was Kenbrell Tompkins, so maybe its worth watching him for at least a roster spot.”
Now the equation is growing even more muddled with Julian Edelman finally joining the team in camp after starting on the PUP list, via ESPNBoston’s Field Yates. Over the years, Edelman has shown the Troy Brown-like versatility that just lets you know he is one of Bill Belichick‘s total favorites. Edelman even served admirably — all things considered — as a defensive back down the stretch of the 2011 season and into the playoffs.
Edelman rejoining the team shows just how in flux this unit is. Although, with Tom Brady around, at least a couple of these receivers should be productive in 2013.