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Taking an early look at WRs that could be of interest to Patriots

Marvin Jones, right, and Mohamed Sanu could both interest the Patriots in free agency this offseason. Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports

(Every Saturday throughout the offseason, one question from Twitter will be selected to further explore a relevant topic around the New England Patriots.)

I think you've hit on a good topic, John, as I have wide receiver as one of the team's top needs. This ties into the fact that Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola are not locks to return based on their 2016 contracts relative to their projected roles. There will be some time to get into the draft prospects in the weeks and months to come, so let's focus on free agency at this time. Bengals receiver Marvin Jones (6-foot-2, 198 pounds) is someone I think could be of interest to the Patriots. You don't hear as much about him, and he's benefited from playing opposite A.J. Green, but his route-running ability would seemingly translate well in New England's system. His teammate Mohamed Sanu, a Rutgers product, is also someone of note, particularly based on his alma mater and the Patriots' high regard for players out of that program. A bit deeper down the line, the Patriots thought enough of Leonard Hankerson to claim him on waivers last year, and he's an option again this offseason. Miami's Rishard Matthews has showed up at times against the Patriots as an opponent, and maybe that also catches their attention. Anquan Boldin might not be a fit based on age (35) and his stated desire to return to the 49ers, but I wanted to mention him because his toughness has always been admirable and something that I think could help any team.