Reiss breaks down Patriots' WR logjam
May, 28, 2012
ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss joined NFL Live to discuss which Patriots wide receivers are likely to get cut before the season.
"Of the big names at that receiver position, I'd probably start with Chad Ochocinco and Donte' Stallworth," Reiss says.
Reiss says that Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd have to be considered as locks at the top of the depth chart, and he also thinks old Tom Brady favorite Jabar Gaffney is safe, which leaves only a fourth, fifth and possibly sixth spot on the roster. Special-teams ace Matthew Slater is surely in the mix, and Reiss thinks that Ochocinco and Stallworth might suffer because they're not really viewed as special-teams contributors.
With newcomer Anthony Gonzalez -- not to mention 7th-round draft pick Jeremy Ebert -- joining holdovers Deion Branch and Julian Edelman, they might be just two jobs open for six competitors.
Reiss also addresses the Patriots' plans at running back. He thinks the team is banking on second-year backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen to headline the committee approach. But don't forget veteran Joseph Addai, the former Colts RB who signed with the Pats this offseason.
Now it's your turn to weigh in. Which receivers do you think the Pats should release? Share your thoughts on WRs, and RBs, in the comments section.