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The 2007 and 2012 teams have a major thing in common, both teams came out of the offseason ridiculously improved at the receiver position. Life for Tom Brady could be as easy as it has been since the ’07 season.
Last year, the Patriots featured Deion Branch, Chad Ochocinco, and Tiquan Underwood as their outside receivers. With two of them already gone and Branch in a fight for snaps, this years offense could be radically different from a personnel standpoint.
Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Lloyd and former Patriot (2006-2008) Jabar Gaffney both took their talents to Foxboro this offseason. Gaffney, coming off a career season with Washington last year, paired with Lloyd, who has been enormously successful with McDaniels in Denver and St. Louis, could make Tom Brady a happy man.
Another former Pat Donté Stallworth also returned to New England, and could be in the mix as well. His ability to make plays after the catch was his trademark his first go-around in New England, it will be interesting to see if he still has that ability when the Patriots take the field in camp and the preseason.
Brady will no longer throw up a ball and hope Ochocinco or Underwood will be there. He can now throw passes with confidence, knowing his receivers are 100 percent on the same page.
When you throw these wide receivers into an offense that already had two of the best, most dangerous tight ends in the league, it makes things just plain scary for opposing defensive coordinators.