Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Joey Galloway (FA), Greg Lewis (FA), Matthew Slater, Sam Aiken, Brandon Tate (R), Julian Edelman (R), Robert Ortiz (R), Terrence Nunn (R), Shun White (R)—The Patriots have arguably the best 1-2 punch at WR in the NFL.
On downfield routes, Moss almost always commands a double team, opening up many looks for Welker running routes underneath the secondary and tight ends running post and out patterns.
Welker has established himself as one of the NFL’s most dependable possession receivers, and has a knack for catching the ball in tight places, and is not afraid of taking a hit.
Galloway, who is now 37, will likely line up at the three-slot, but due to his age, he will not be able to be an every down player.
Hopefully, Lewis will be able to take 15-20 snaps a game to keep Galloway healthy. Slater and Aiken are both options for the Patriots in 4-5 receiver sets, but they need to prove themselves to stabilize these roles.
I like Tate as a low-risk, high-reward draft pick who was able to flourish at North Carolina. Before going down with a season-ending knee injury, he ranked 13th in the nation with 163.7 all-purpose yards a game.
There are some character questions about him, but if he can get healthy, he will have a chance to make an impact, both on the offense and in the return game.