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1. Julian Edelman
2. Brandon LaFell
3. Danny Amendola
4. Brian Tyms
5. Aaron Dobson
Cut: Chris Harper, Brandon Gibson, Josh Boyce, Jonathan Krause
No surprises here. The Patriots have kept their aerial attack pretty much untouched, which is refreshing after enduring an offseason of huge personnel turnover on defense.
Edelman will continue to be the grinder in the Patriots’ receiving corps. He is truly a special player, definitely the most valuable part of the offense after Brady and Gronk. Many people think that he should have been given MVP honors in Super Bowl XLIX, and they have a point.
Unlike at this time last year, both LaFell and Amendola are roster locks. Both of those guys made huge contributions during the postseason, and they both caught touchdown passes in the Super Bowl win.
After those three, the competition heats up. Tyms will beat-out Dobson for the No. 4 spot because of his ability to stretch the field, something that Dobson was brought into New England to do but has been unsuccessful. Dobson will have his hands full just making the roster.
Gibson, Boyce and Krause will find themselves on the way out of New England after training camp. But undrafted rookie Harper will squeak on to the practice squad and make himself available to bring on to the active roster down the road. Harper is one of the more interesting undrafted wide receivers in the 2015 class.
All in all, the wide receiver position is pretty fluid right now in New England. It will be fun to watch how this group fares against the new-look cornerback depth chart in training camp.
Next: Tight ends