Pro Football Focus ranks Patriots wide receivers near bottom of NFL

Ryan Hannable
May 21, 2020 - 8:57 am

Wide receiver of one of the positions for the Patriots that will not have much turnover from 2019 to 2020.

Julian Edelman still leads the way and then there's second-year players N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers, along with veteran Mohamed Sanu all coming back. The team did add a few veterans in Marqise Lee and Damiere Byrd this offseason.

So, where does the group fall on Pro Football Focus' ranking of all the wide receivers groups in the NFL? Not very good.

The Patriots landed at No. 30 with only the Jaguars and Redskins behind them.

Here's what PFF wrote: While many will point to Tom Brady’s numbers last season, the big problem with the Patriots’ offense was that they just didn’t have receivers who could separate downfield. Julian Edelman remains one of the more reliable slot options in the short and intermediate range, but Mohamed Sanu added very little after he was acquired by the Patriots midseason (57.1 overall grade post-trade) and N’Keal Harry’s rookie campaign was a disappointment headlined by an injury that sidelined him for a large portion of the season. The two tight ends New England picked up in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft should see playing time, given the lack of options in front of them on the depth chart, but neither is likely to really solve the issue as a rookie. The Patriots’ biggest hope for the year will be that Harry takes a big step forward in a healthy sophomore campaign.

The position really hinges on the Year 1 to Year 2 jump Harry and Meyers make. If it is a good amount, the position could be in decent shape. If not, it could be a tough year.

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