Thursday, June 12, 2014
Re-setting the Patriots' wide receivers
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots filled their 90th roster spot with rookie receiver Jeremy Johnson of SMU on Thursday. With some changes at the position in recent weeks, let's do a re-set with a quick-hit thought:
Aaron Dobson -- Second-round draft choice from 2013 has been sidelined after undergoing surgery on his left foot in February for a stress fracture. The Patriots are counting on him to be an outside presence to complement their smaller, shiftier receivers.
Julian Edelman -- Entering his sixth season, the leading receiver from 2013 looks like he's picked up where he left off last year.
Danny Amendola -- Just as he did in OTAs last year, he's caught the eye with his quickness as he looks healthy again.
Brandon LaFell -- At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, the former Panther adds an element of size that showed up in the red zone last week. He plays inside and outside.
Kenbrell Thompkins -- The undrafted rookie from 2013 looks a little bigger and is often on the field with top players like Edelman and Amendola in practice.
Josh Boyce -- The 2013 fourth-round pick is taking first reps as a kickoff returner and has talked about his increased comfort level in the offense.
Matthew Slater -- Special-teams captain has been held out of practice.
Jeremy Gallon -- Seventh-round pick out of Michigan worked as a punt returner a few weeks ago, but wasn't spotted last week.
Reggie Dunn -- First-year player can fly; he's showing up more in the kickoff return game.
Wilson Van Hooser -- The undrafted free agent is competing hard and doesn't look out of place.
Reese Wiggins -- Similar to Van Hooser, the undrafted free agent is competing hard and doesn't look out of place.
Jeremy Johnson -- Joins the mix today and will wear No. 84.