New England Patriots: What Does Michael Jenkins’ Release Mean For The Receiving Corps?

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The New England Patriots have had a flurry of activity in recent weeks.  From the signing of controversial quarterback Tim Tebow, to the release of Donald Jones, and the recent Tom Brady injury scare, now comes word that the Patriots have let go of WR Michael Jenkins.  This leaves the team with Julian Edelman, Josh Boyce, Aaron Dobson, Danny Amendola, and Mark Harrison among others.

With reports that Edelman may be on the roster bubble, it is fair to ask how the receivers will perform in 2013.  You would have to think that the Patriots like what they have seen from their rookie wide receivers so far in camp.  They must feel confident that they can play starting roles on the team this year.  If they weren’t, they would have never cut Jenkins in the first place.

Another option that the Patriots could be considering after making this move is featuring their tight ends more.  The Patriots have guys like Jake Ballard, Michael HoomanawanuiDaniel Fells, and Zach Sudfeld as tight end options to start the season.  Word out of camp is that Sudfeld has been very impressive and that New England is very high on the rookie.

If that turns out to be true, he could have the inside track on a starting TE role if the other tight ends on the roster do not impress the rest of the preseason.  Either way, Brady loves throwing to his big tight ends.  Expect these guys to get a good look throughout the rest of the preseason and early into the regular season.

How do you feel the Patriots’ receiver situation will play out this year?  Will the team be fine with their current pass catchers?  Should they bring in a veteran?  If so, who?  Feel free to leave your comments on the subject in the “comments” section below.


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  • Shazb0t

    You need to do more research before writing these articles. Julian Edelman is not on the bubble, he is a lock to make the team and contribute. The starting X receiver has a very good chance of being Kenbrell Thompkins who wasn’t even mentioned. Sudfeld will start at tight end if Gronk isn’t available week 1. Mark Harrison hasn’t practiced through OTA’s or training camp. He only stays if he gets put on IR.