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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Patriots' WR picture becomes clearer

By James Walker

The New England Patriots' game plan at wide receiver is coming into focus this week.

Earlier on Wednesday, New England presented an offer sheet to Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Less than two hours later, the Patriots re-signed Julian Edelman, according to USA TODAY.

It's becoming clear that New England is looking to replace lost 2012 starters Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd with a committee of wide receivers.

Edelman, Danny Amendola, Michael Jenkins, Donald Jones and potentially Sanders are not household names. But New England is building as much depth and competition as possible at receiver and will let the position sort itself out during training camp and the regular season.

Edelman briefly flirted with the New York Giants before re-joining the Patriots. Edelman knows the system well, and he was once considered the heir apparent to Welker in the slot before suffering a season-ending foot injury last year.

Outside of Edelman, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will have a lot of new receivers to throw to. Quickly developing chemistry will be key for the Patriots' offense to remain dominant this upcoming season.