The New England Patriots receivers are off to a great start this year, despite having three different quarterbacks under center. Newly added weapon and former Bills WR Chris Hogan has taken on a much bigger role in NE, averaging 20.6 yards per catch, leading all Pats receivers. Hogan also will have a new career high in receiving yards and touchdowns this season, piling up 391 yards and two TDs to date.
Danny Amendola entered his 4th season in a Patriots uniform with 6 career TDs for New England and is off to a hot start this year with three, leading the Pats receiving core. Amendola has developed very nicely throughout the years in NE as a possession receiver and should continue to give Brady a reliable source on the field.
Julian Edelman is every NE quarterback’s favorite wide receiver. With his 41 receptions this year, Edelman doubles that of any other receiver on the team despite having only one TD. Julian Edelman has spent his entire eight year career on the Pats being Brady’s safety blanket, always having Brady’s back in any situation. Even though Edelman’s yards-per-reception is the lowest on the starting lineup, he’s the one of the most valuable receivers NE has had in years.
There are plenty of contributors to the passing game with both Gronkowski and Bennett combining for seven TDs this year. RB/WR players such as Dion Lewis just became active this week. James White is also a treasure in both the run game and pass game.
As the Patriots continue to dominate this season, they always try to give rookies playing time. Rookie WR Malcolm Mitchell has gotten a taste of the NFL action, catching six balls for 82 yards. The Patriots will look to keep him on the roster heading toward the the second half of the season.
The Patriots are 15th in passing yards at the half-season point with three different starting quarterbacks. Not one has thrown an interception through eight games. Going forward, look for their offensive statistics to rise now that their offense is injury free and loaded with talent.