The strength (or lack of) of the receiving corps is certainly one of the biggest questions on the Patriots roster right now. Comcast Sports Net's Tom Curran, Phil Perry and Mike Giardi discussed whether they think the group will be good enough in 2014. They all agreed that the receivers will be much better compared to last season, but they don't expect any eye-popping numbers from the group.
"I think the chemistry is going to be that much better, you have a bunch of guys that you can move around in different roles there too," said Phil Perry. "I think they're going to be fine."
"Dobson has the skills best suited for the starting "X" receiver role, but his time away from the team due to foot surgery will hurt his ability to grab that starting role," wrote Kyed. "Thompkins doesn't have the speed or ability to separate that Dobson possesses, but he showed major improvements during OTAs and minicamp."
As for the rest of the roster, Christopher Price believes that the team is already beginning to take shape. In an article on WEEI.com, Price predicted the team's final 53-man-roster. He thinks Belichick will keep 4 tight ends and only 3 safeties for the beginning of the season.
"When 12 wins, 4,300-plus yards passing and a playoff run every season start to seem routine, you’re witnessing something — and someone — special," says Tribou. "But for the Patriots to equal the extended-dynasty status that San Antonio has achieved, they’ll need to punctuate their string of recent near-misses with an exclamation point."