#3. New England Patriots
One of the few knocks on the Patriots over the last two decades was their unwillingness to stack the wide receiver position. Many of Tom Brady’s years were spent throwing to players who made names for themselves only in New England, with Randy Moss being the obvious anomaly. The lack of weapons was reported as a reason for the quarterback’s departure, and things have only gotten slightly better over the last year.
The team’s leading receiver from last season, Jakobi Meyers, and his 729 yards will be returning. With Julian Edelman retiring, the second-leading returning receiver will be N’Keal Harry who amassed 309 yards in 2020. But the Patriots’ front office did their best to address the pass-catching needs during the off-season. Not only did they bring in a pair of tight ends with big potential, but they also brought in the Raiders’ leading wideout in Nelson Agholor as well as Kendrick Bourne, who finished with the second-most yards on the 49ers last season.
There is not a lot of depth behind the starters, though. An unfortunate injury or two and Cam Newton/Mac Jones will be throwing to practice squad players and kicking game specialists during the back half of the season.