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Casual fans—of New England and from around the country—would have you believe that Tom Brady was throwing the ball to practice-squad players and veteran castoffs in 2013.
Instead, he got clutch performances from different players throughout the year.
Julian Edelman caught 105 balls for 1,056 yards and was one of the best "Z" receivers in the league. Danny Amendola battled through a myriad injuries to log 54 catches for 633 yards. Rookies Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins all had their ups and downs, but came through time and time again when they needed to.
And that's just the receivers. Tight end Rob Gronkowski missed the majority of the 2013 season, but should be available for Week 1. Shane Vereen snagged 47 catches in just eight games. He is the nightmare matchup out of the backfield and outside the numbers that Aaron Hernandez used to be known for.
If New England can get any contributions in the passing game from rookies James White, Jeremy Gallon or Roy Finch—let alone a possible veteran free agent such as Dustin Keller or Jermichael Finley—Brady will have no lack of targets in 2014.
Rest assured, Patriots fans, Reche Caldwell will not be catching—or dropping—balls this year.