A long offseason continues to get longer for the New England Patriots.
Here’s a look at the team’s leading pass catchers from a year ago. It starts with wide receivers Wes Welker (118) and Brandon Lloyd (74), followed by tight ends Rob Gronkowski (55) and Aaron Hernandez (51) and running back Danny Woodhead (40).
Welker is now a member of the Denver Broncos.
Lloyd was released by the team.
Hernandez (who was recovering from offseason surgery) was also let go by the Patriots, under extremely different circumstances.
And Woodhead signed with the San Diego Chargers.
As far as the five, that leaves only Gronkowski. And he’s out indefinitely due to his numerous surgeries.
That’s 338 receptions from a year ago.
These days, the Patriots pass-catching corps has the likes of wideouts Danny Amendola, Michael Jenkins, Donald Jones and Julian Edelman. With Hernandez gone and Gronkowski healing, the tight ends are Jake Ballard, Michael Hoomanawanui and Daniel Fells, to name a few.
Since taking over as head coach in 2000, Bill Belichick has featured an assortment of different offensive looks over the years. And all have been successful in their own way.
It’s not impossible to think that a new incarnation may be on the way again.