With Tom Brady and Danny Amendola already in midseason form, it’s easy to overlook the potential impact that rookies like Aaron Dobson and Zach Sudfeld can make for the New England Patriots in 2013.
The Pats are relying on a host of rookies to help overhaul their offense and continue the defensive retooling process. Dobson, Sudfeld, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce will all see time with Brady and the offense. New England’s first player selected this year, Jamie Collins, will join an ongoing youth movement on defense.
With no first-round pick this year for the team, the casual observer might think the Patriots don’t have any impact rookies. With all those players, plus the likes of Armond Armstea, and Rutgers defensive backs Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon, nothing could be further from the truth.
Of course, they all must survive roster cuts and earn one of 53 spots, but there’s a lot of talent in this year’s rookie class and many of them are poised to make a notable impact on the Patriots this season.
Of the group, here are the five Patriots rookies who will make the biggest impact in 2013.