New England Patriots: Three Questions For The Offense

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Nov 18, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) runs out of bounds during the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Patriots 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

1. Who will emerge as the third leading receiver?

Unlike last year, Tom Brady’s receiving corps looks to be well stocked, and ready to roll for the 2014 season. Yes, he doesn’t have the kinds of weapons that Peyton Manning has, but there is plenty of talent for him to choose from.

Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman will be his top two targets. That is not up for discussion. But who emerges as the third option behind those two will be very interesting over the next little while. The two guys with the best shot at doing this in my opinion are Aaron Dobson, and Kenbrell Thompkins. Both are young, and they now have a year of experience under their belt, which is huge when playing in Brady’s system.

New England needs one of these two guys to rise up this year, because as great as Amendola and Edelman can be in the middle, the Pats need a threat on the outside. Teams begin to clog up the middle of the field, and force Brady to go elsewhere. If he has no solid threat outside of the numbers, the offense sputters in the postseason.

Dobson has more talent than Thompkins, and he flashed it at times last year, putting everything together and showing us that he can take the top off of the defense if he has to. This is a question that will need to be answered before September, if New England wants to get off on the right foot.

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