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Willie McGinest on D&K: I am not really worried about Patriots' lack of depth at wide receiver

Ryan Hannable
September 04, 2018 - 2:58 pm

There's no question the Patriots are thin at the wide receiver position, as after releasing recently claimed wide out Amara Darboh, they only have four on the active roster: Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson and Chad Hansen.

Despite the lack of experience, appearing on Dale & Keefe Tuesday, former Patriots defensive end and current NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest said he isn't concerned heading into the year.

“We always talk about that, right? I think Josh McDaniels and that offense, they find ways and guys will step up. I know [Julian] Edelman will not be there, but I have a lot of confidence in the running backs that they are going to utilize, whether it is running the ball or in the passing game," he said. "The tight ends with Gronk and then [Chris] Hogan. I think Phillip Dorsett is going to have a role. They have some younger players and players who haven’t played a lot who are going to have an opportunity. We always say where do these receivers come from in New England, and they come out of no where. They are able to come into the system and play at a certain level.

"They will have an opportunity and Josh is going to have to come up with game plans and schemes. You want to get the ball out of Brady’s hands, which has been effective and make plays. I am not really worried about it. I think they are thin at receiver, no question about it, but I think that is an opportunity for someone to step up and earn a role on this offense.”

We'll get our first look at the offense this coming Sunday when the Patriots host the Texans in Week 1.

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