New England’s Wide Receiver Depth Too Deep?

Saying that the New England Patriots have some depth at wide receiver right now, is a bit of an understatement.  They have Brandin Cooks, Jillian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Danny Amendola, and Matthew Slater on the roster.  Even though Slater doesn’t play much WR, he is more of a special team’s player.  Now add to that, Devin Lucien, Devin Street, Austin Carr, and Cody Hollister.

So where is everyone going to play???

For this, I’m adding tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.  In single tight formations, I can see Cooks and Hogan on the outside with Edelman in the slot.  So what happens when they go double tight?  Is Hogan the odd man out? Hogan was used as a deep threat a few times last year.  Hogan averaged 17.9 yards per catch.  Cooks, on the other hand, averaged 15.0 yards per catch last season with 1,173 yards compared to Hogan’s 680 yards.  Then you have Malcolm Mitchell, who as a rookie started to come into his own the second half of the season and in the Super Bowl.  Mitchell had 6 catches for 70 yards in the comeback win over the Falcons.  Danny Amendola restructured his contract this offseason to help free up some salary.  How low does he become on the depth chart, or does he become expendable if Austin Carr steps up?  Carr led the Big Ten in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and catches.  He could be a cheaper option to Amendola and we have seen New England go that route before.

New England seems to have a good problem to be in.  They have many talented wide receivers and limited touches for each.  It will be something to watch for in camp and in the preseason.  Watching the coaching staff of the Patriots, they will get the best out of each of these players.

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