Wide receiver makeover: 2007 vs. 2013

A parallel has been drawn between the Patriots' 2013 offseason and their 2007 offseason, specifically relating to the turnover at the wide receiver position.

It was during that 2007 offseason that the team landed both Wes Welker and Randy Moss via trade, in addition to signing free agent Donte' Stallworth. The team has been busy at wide receiver again this offseason, as Danny Amendola, Michael Jenkins and Donald Jones have been signed as free agents, with Emmanuel Sanders potentially in the fold if the Steelers do not match the offer sheet the Patriots extended to the 26-year-old.

Among the differences in the circumstances from 2007 to 2013 was that the Patriots receiving corps leading into the 2007 offseason was much weaker than the receiving corps leading into the 2013 offseason; player retention wasn't going to be good enough in 2007.

As it turns out, the Patriots have just one receiver on their current roster who caught a pass during the 2012 season, Julian Edelman, who was recently re-signed to a one year deal. He accounted for 9.1 percent of all catches from wide receivers last season.

Rewinding back to the 2007 offseason, the Patriots retained two receivers from the 2006 season: Troy Brown and Jabar Gaffney. Those two combined for 54 catches in 2006, or 34.6 percent of the production at the wide receiver position.

Given that the team added two potential Hall of Famers during the 2007 offseason, it's easy to make the case that the overhaul at receiver was more dramatic in that situation. Using the numbers -- in this case percentage of receiver catches retained -- the counter argument can be made that this year's overhaul is even more substantial.

Regardless of which side of the argument one rests on, it's clear that the Patriots will once again have a new-look group of receivers in 2013.