Five Patriots to follow up on in OTAs

May, 28, 2014
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Media members will be on hand to watch the Patriots in their third organized team activity of the week, on Friday.

With this in mind, here are five players who were limited in some form in 2013 that will pique our interest to see how they've progressed:

[+] EnlargeDanny Amendola
AP Photo/Charles KrupaDanny Amendola thrived in OTAs last year, but struggled with a groin injury during the season.
WR Danny Amendola -- He looked quick and decisive and appeared to be the best receiver on the field in this setting last year. But a groin injury in training camp that was re-aggravated in the 2013 regular-season opener knocked him off course. Can he regain that early momentum?

DT Armond Armstead -- The Patriots signed him from the Canadian Football League last year and had high hopes for him, with Bill Belichick at one point referring to him as a top-3 player in the rotation before a surprise infection prior to training camp landed him on season-ending injured reserve. If Armstead is healthy, he could help provide an interior pass rush.

WR Josh Boyce -- The high 2013 fourth-round draft choice from Texas Christian came out as a junior and this is considered a big year for his development after he played just 14.1 percent of the offensive snaps last season. Boyce, who is considered a smart player, talked about the mental challenge as a rookie and a full year in the team's system should help him.

WR Mark Harrison -- At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, the former undrafted free agent from Rutgers fits a different physical profile than the rest of the team's receivers. We still think he'd be a possible fit as a move tight end, but Bill Belichick said the plans are to keep him at receiver for now after he missed his rookie season with a foot injury.

TE D.J. Williams -- A 2011 fifth-round draft choice of the Packers, the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Williams projects as the top "move" tight end on the roster at this time. He played in 11 offensive snaps for the Patriots last season, so this is a great opportunity for him to show he's capable.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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