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We have now gone through free agency and the draft and surprisingly we still do not have anything close to a # 1 receiver on the team. High concern as there is no deep threat or a player that can "take the top" off the defense.
Its not Agholor, Bourne or Jakoby Myers that is for sure. Edelman's retirement has made this even more of a huge hole.
Now all that is left is for the June first other teams' castoffs to choose from. I think this was a big oversight and will limit how effective Cam can be and also the TE's ceilings.

Teams will be able to stack the middle and cover the seams and center of the field on short and intermediate roots.
I think more capital should have been spent on this in the draft.

The other teams in the AFC East have spent mightily on this over past 2 years

1. Bills- Stefan Diggs
2. Dolphins Jaylon Waddle
3. Jets- Corey Davis and Elijah Moore.

I still believe the pats offense will be somewhat anemic this year. Hopefully the defense, will cover for offense shortcomings.
Looks like addressing WR1 will have to wait until 2022.
 

DropKickFlutie

Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract
Don't need one. We have 2 pass-catching tight ends Henry and Smith, then Agholor, Meyers, Bourne. Add in QB/RB/OLine that's already 12 starters for 11 spots. We went 15 years with smurf receivers Welker, Branch, Edelman (+Gronk) for most of it. Imagine a scheme that is 2TE, run heavy, devastating play action, and an OLine that can beat the crap out of these smaller DE and smaller LBs in NFL defenses these days. We do NOT need some Julio Jones or overpaid WR. We're set at the pass catching positions. Meyers is also hugely underrated, a 1200 yard receiver if he started all year and beat teams focused on him since everyone else sucked last year.

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Brandon_Cox

Third String But Playing on Special Teams
For cap reasons only, the Falcons are looking to dump Julio. Maybe a 3rd round pick would do it. He's getting up there in age but he's still a complete stud
 

PScottman

In the Starting Line-Up
We have now gone through free agency and the draft and surprisingly we still do not have anything close to a # 1 receiver on the team. High concern as there is no deep threat or a player that can "take the top" off the defense.
The Patriots have arguably two #1 TEs.

The WR lust continues when they remain the EASIEST player on the field to scheme "out".

Instead, allocate that huge WR cap number across the rest of the offense, have two-to-three specialist WRs - one possession, one speedster that can get deep (what - are they just not going to cover a guy?), and one route-runner for the cost of that ONE #1 guy and watch the Patriots exploit the matchup issues across an entire defense instead of trying to figure out "well, they hit/disrupt and then double our high paid #1 WR, now what?" (kind've like what everyone does with T. Hill in the playoffs now incl. TB last year).
 
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Fatmancryin

Third String But Playing on Special Teams
For cap reasons only, the Falcons are looking to dump Julio. Maybe a 3rd round pick would do it. He's getting up there in age but he's still a complete stud

Cap hit is huge
2021 23m
2022 19m
2023 19m

I think the Pats feel they are set at WR.

Personally I would prefer a true #1 but don’t think that’s happening.

Agholor
Bourne
Myers
Harry
Gunner

barring trades(Harry traded or released as I don’t see them trading or releasing anyone else) these 5 are making the roster.

Definitely not sexy IMO.
 

Sicilian

Pro Bowl Player
I feel like a #1 WR (in the sense that you're thinking), is valuable once you have an established QB. Until then, they're very expensive and their production won't outweigh their cost. If Mac Jones becomes the kind of QB that can take advantage of that kind of player, they'll find one. But until then? We're going to be running at least 50% of the time. Tight ends and solid possession receivers will be more valuable than a true #1 for the Patriots in 2021.
 

Username

Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job
Have you watched Agholor? Not sure how you can come to the conclusion that he's not a deep threat after last season. He was badly misused by the Eagles, who played him as a slot receiver because of his size, even though he'd always been a deep threat in college.

Agholor’s production for the Raiders mostly came as a deep threat. His 444 receiving yards on deep targets ranked sixth among wide receivers. He scored six times on his 11 deep passes, trailing only Tyreek Hill
 

Ring 6

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Cap hit is huge
2021 23m
2022 19m
2023 19m

I think the Pats feel they are set at WR.

Personally I would prefer a true #1 but don’t think that’s happening.

Agholor
Bourne
Myers
Harry
Gunner

barring trades(Harry traded or released as I don’t see them trading or releasing anyone else) these 5 are making the roster.

Definitely not sexy IMO.
That’s not the cap hit to his new team. Much of that (about 23 mill) gets accelerated and charged to the falcons.
His cap hits to a new team would be
15.3
11.5
11.5
 

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