Heading into Super Bowl 51, the New England Patriots’ wide receivers don’t seem to be getting the respect that they deserve.
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Next to the Atlanta Falcons’ wide receivers, the Patriots’ wide receivers seem more of role players than superstars. Still, does that make the New England Patriots’ wide receivers any less talented when stacked up next to what the Falcons offer?
Looking at Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Michael Floyd, the Patriots’ wide receivers aren’t the same big name guys that the Atlanta Falcons have playing at the same position.
Edelman is an excellent slot receiver with great route running abilities who has emerged as Brady’s go-to wide receiver. Julian Edelman has been the rock in the passing game for the New England Patriots and has successfully surpassed Wes Welker.
Amendola has been consistent, when he has been healthy, as a Patriots’ wide receiver. Amendola finds a way to get open and makes key catches when the ball is thrown his way.
Chris Hogan has had a bit more time in the spotlight after his incredible performance in the AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hogan showed why he was such a key pickup this past offseason for the Pats and why Belichick was so fond of him.
Malcolm Mitchell has been an emerging star as a Patriots’ wide receiver gaining the trust of Tom Brady as a reliable target. Mitchell’s ceiling is incredibly high and he continues to show what has made him a special receiver and person. Being just a rookie, Mitchell will continue to evolve and become an increasingly important member of the Patriots’ offense.
Michael Floyd is still a bit of a mystery at this point given his limited appearances in a Patriots’ uniform. Floyd has amazing talent and there is no question he can help the Patriots’ offense. It will be very interesting to see how Belichick utilizes Floyd in the Super Bowl.
Having Tom Brady as the quarterback clearly helps any receiver look better but to underrate the Patriots’ wide receivers is illogical. Call the Patriots’ wide receivers products of a good offensive system in New England but I’d take them any day of the week.