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With two big-time playmakers like Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski, how could the Patriots possibly need more weapons at receiver?
Quite simply because they don't have anyone that is a threat outside the numbers. Edwards may not be the most savvy route-runner, but he is capable of winning those one-on-one matchups, as we have seen him do to the Patriots time and time again.
Brady has done some of his best work with veterans off the street; just ask Jabar Gaffney and Welker himself.
It hasn't all been sunshine and rainbows for the Patriots. In fact, it's gotten even worse recently as they have tried to fill that role. When it hasn't been draft flops like Chad Jackson, Brandon Tate and Taylor Price, it's been stopgap free agents such as Chad Ochocinco and Joey Galloway.
They have failed miserably, and there's no guarantee Edwards is any better.
Those route-running concerns would be big issues in New England, as the Patriots ask their receivers to play every position at receiver, inside and outside.
Not to mention the aforementioned character concerns, which just make him a big question mark.
The lack of a perimeter threat could be an issue down the line. Bill Belichick has been pursuing help at receiver all season long, but hasn't been able to find the right fit.