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Friday, June 7, 2013
Growing pains for receiving corps?

By ESPNBoston.com

In a column posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss considers whether the Patriots' overhaul of the receiving corps places too much of a burden on Tom Brady to make the passing game work.

Here's an excerpt:

First, it's probably a good thing for the New England Patriots that it's early June, three months away from the regular-season opener on the road against the Bills. Maybe by then, injured players like receiver Julian Edelman (foot) and tight ends Rob Gronkowski (forearm/back) and Aaron Hernandez (shoulder) will be part of the mix, leading to a crisper passing game than was seen in recent weeks. Or maybe the two promising receivers selected in the 2013 draft -- Marshall's Aaron Dobson (second round, 59th overall) and Texas Christian's Josh Boyce (fourth round, 102nd overall) -- will have emerged.

Still, those "what-ifs" spark the question of whether the "redo" at the receiver position is ultimately going to work out as desired. If the Patriots are relying on a healthy Edelman to change things, or rookies to be difference-makers, will that be good enough?

CLICK HERE to read Reiss' full column.