Wide Receivers: N’Keal Harry, Julian Edleman, Marqise Lee
The Patriots’ receivers have received a lot of scrutiny over the offseason. However the group has talent, it’s just a matter of putting it together. Coming into the 2019 NFL Draft, there was a lot to like about N’Keal Harry. His physical play reminded me of Brandon Marshall or Allen Robinson.
Last season, Harry was sidelined for a majority of the year, and couldn’t find his footing. Cam Newton loves big framed receivers that can go up and win one-on-one. As a result of being paired with such a quarterback talent, Harry will show that he could be a force on the outside.
Jullian Edleman may be getting a bit older, but he still has some spring in his step. While he isn’t a big time deep threat receiver, he is very good at getting open on short and intermediate routes. Edleman also needs to concentrate on catching the football. He led the NFL in drops last season, and the Patriots as a team had the fourth most drops in the NFL as a whole. This year it will be interesting to see how Edleman does with a QB that can extend plays as well as Cam Newton does.
Mohamed Sanu is the favorite to secure the third spot, however I believe Marqise Lee is going to steal it from him. When Lee is healthy, he is a solid receiver. The issue is he is never healthy. Unfortunately for Lee, he played for Jacksonville, who never had a solid starting quarterback until last year.
When Lee returned from injury, Garnder Minshew already found chemistry with other receivers on the roster. This position battle will certainly be one to keep an eye on, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Lee come away with it.