Hey Pats Fans: Stop Obsessing Over Wide Receivers


In this world, it's impossible to please everybody.  No matter what you do, there is always going to be a faction of people who will find a reason to complain.  As a Patriots fan, talking with and observing other Patriots fans over the years, this is something I've come to accept.  There are still people - no matter how many games this team wins - who are not satisfied.  One of the more popular gripes, and obsessions, with these individuals, revolves around the wide receiver position.

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On this team, the wide receiver position isn't nearly as important as people make it out to be.  Every year, it feels like we go through free agency wondering who the Patriots are going to add at wide receiver.  People make jokes about the depth chart.  They identify dream trade scenarios.  They theorize about free agents who would be good fits in New England.  It's all pointless.

Is the Patriots current wide receiver roster thin?  Not by body count, but by the names on it, sure you can say it's "thin".  The Pats added Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris; two guys that I bet many fans had to Google upon their signings.  Are there sexier names out there?  Of course.  There always are, and the Patriots rarely sign those guys.

Some wanted the Pats to trade for Odell Beckham, Jr.  Others are frustrated by the inability to bring in a guy like Adam Humphries or Cole Beasley.  Jordy Nelson recently became available, and the ears of Pats Nation perked up.  There have been instances of the team bringing in these types of guys, and more often than not, it doesn't work out.

Shop the newest New England Patriots fan gear at Fanatics!They tried guys like Torry Holt and Reggie Wayne, who admittedly were near the end of their careers, but neither made it out of training camp.  They tried Joey Galloway, and he didn't make it past Week 2.  Chad Ochocinco got Pats fans excited and to his credit, he lasted the entire year.  However, he was a major disappointment - by his own admission.

The signings of Ellington and Harris have been mocked.  However, it's been the guys that you don't think twice about that have found success here.  Brandon LaFell had just under 1,000 yards in a Super Bowl winning season.  Brandon Lloyd came in and recorded nearly 1,000 yards as well.  Malcolm Mitchell was effective as a rookie, when most other rookie wide receivers have failed.

I bet Pats fans weren't gushing over the signing of David Patten, or the drafting of David Givens.  They both seemed to work out okay.  I can't mention his name without picturing his colossal drop in the 2006 AFC Championship...but even Reche freakin' Caldwell found some success in his one year in New England.

The Pats managed to win the Super Bowl this year, in spite of a receiving corps that was routinely criticized as being too weak.  Is that the best recipe for success?  Maybe not.  However, a big reason they were able to overcome that was their running game.  The entire running back corps is returning.  That includes James White, who was their second leading receiver last year.  It also includes Rex Burkhead, who missed half the season last year, but is another factor in the pass game when healthy.

Yes, losing Trent Brown may hurt the run game, but David Andrews and Shaq Mason are still around.  Plus, the best part of that offensive line is Dante Scarnecchia, and he's still here.  As Brady continues to age, the Pats are going to be less of an aerial attack and become more balanced.

Now, if Rob Gronkowski calls it quits, that hurts the Pats on two fronts.  They lose a very good run blocker, and a major weapon in their passing attack, but let's address that topic when the time comes.

Let's not forget about Josh Gordon.  While he's not somebody to rely on, Gordon could still potentially suit up for the Pats this season.  He's a guy who averaged over 65 yards a game last year, and 18 yards per catch.

So can we relax with this obsession over wide receivers?  Some guys make it in New England, others don't.  Previous success, or perceived talent level isn't the best indicator.  Can we at least give these new guys a chance to fail before we belittle them?  Let's shift our focus to a weakness that actually matters, like the speed of their linebackers.

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Hey Pats Fans: Stop Obsessing Over Wide Receivers
Hey Pats Fans: Stop Obsessing Over Wide Receivers
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