7 Patriots players fighting for their jobs after minicamp

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K.J. Osborn

The receiving corps is one of the most concerning parts of the Patriots roster, yet also one of the most wide-open units on the team. It was clear the new regime needed to improve the receiver room this offseason, which they did by signing K.J. Osborn in free agency and double-dipping at the position in the draft.

However, as it currently stands, the roster has 12 pass catchers, with Kendrick Bourne and DeMario Douglas probably the only two with safe spots this fall.

That creates a massive opportunity for the ten others, including Osborn, who is yet to demonstrate why he was a quality signing.

We know what he's capable of, as he proved that during his four years with the Vikings playing behind Justin Jefferson, but we're yet to see that energy from him since becoming a Patriot. Others have taken the spotlight throughout OTAs and minicamp, especially the rookies, leaving Osborn as an outsider looking in for most of the last few months.

It will be tough competition to make the roster yet opportunistic, with Bourne's immediate future looking questionable as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL. Osborn will need to take advantage of that to show what he can do and hope to outshine Baker and Polk, even if he has to do it by showing his versatility on special teams.