The New England Patriots desperately needed to upgrade their wide receiver position after a dismal season last year.
Most of us thought the Pats would have addressed the need through the draft by acquiring one of the many receivers available this year. But before the draft even started, the Patriots signed veteran free agent wide receiver Marqise Lee to a one-year contract.
The Patriots will now start the season with Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, Marqise Lee, N’Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, Quincy Adeboyejo, and Devin Ross on their WR roster.
Edelman is once again going to be the workhorse for the team, but he is aging and the Patriots need to start to prepare for who is going to replace him in a year or two. Alongside Edelman will be Sanu, who has shown glimpses of being great in this offense when he is physically healthy.
Edelman and Sanu, the veteran receivers on the team, are going to be the ones who feel the loss of Brady the most this season.
The current receivers on the roster have the possibility of becoming the next core group of wide receivers in New England, and are in the best position to learn and grow with their next young quarterback and can become the next wave of players to be Patriots: Harry (first round), Meyers (undrafted), Olszewski (undrafted), Adeboyejo (undrafted), Ross (undrafted).