So, the story of the offseason and now preseason is that the Patriots receiving core is nothing to write home about. With Julian Edelman suspended for the first for games, and Danny Amendola as well as Brandin Cooks no longer on the team, Tom Brady will have Chris Hogan and Cordarrelle Patterson on the outside and that is about it (I believe Patterson will surpass Dorsett as the No. 2). Now this is nothing against either of those guys, but let’s not act like we’re comfortable with Hogan and Patterson leading your team in the receiving game.
Well, luckily that is not the case. Those two are not going to be the Patriots’ go-to receivers. It seems everyone has forgotten about two specific guys, maybe three if you include a dark horse that will be later mentioned.
When these wide receivers are compared to past teams Brady has led, there are major factors being left out.
First being Rob Gronkowski. He is not a wide receiver, but he is a pass-catcher. A great one at that. No past team, that people are referring to, that Brady had every sat at the helm of had every rolled out anyone compared to Gronk. Last season with Edelman out, Gronk caught more passes and notched more scores than both Danny Amendola and Chris Hogan. So why would that change while Edelman is out? Right, it won’t.
Next, we have James White. The guy is a running back, but he is not really a ‘running’ back at all. He is another pass-catcher. Again, a very good one. With Edelman being out, and Amendola in Miami, White will surely be the hot route and short yardage receiver. He only had five less receptions than Amendola last season and reeled in near 80 percent of his targets.
Again, it is like the media and fans in general are just forgetting about two of the most crucial players on the Patriots roster. These guys are absolute weapons in the passing game. That is a fact.
Now, let me introduce my dark horse, Jacob Hollister. Hollister has been staying after practice with Brady and that is a great sign. He is a guy that catches the ball when it is thrown to him. Yes, he is another tight end, but he is very versatile and can surely split out wide.
Have no fear, this team’s receiving will be just fine. Especially when Julian Edelman makes his return.