Options: Josh Boyce, Kenbrell Thompkins, Brandon LaFell, Jeremy Gallon
The main event. The premier matchup. The battle for the fourth receiver position behind Aaron Dobson, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola will be fierce. It may come down to who can bring something unique to the equation.
Jeremy Gallon has rare vision and route-running ability, but the New England Patriots already have Edelman and Amendola to fill the role of slot receiver.
Kenbrell Thompkins has a knack for the big play—just ask the New Orleans Saints. However, his maddeningly inconsistent technique—why is he always leaving his feet?—can't sit well with Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels.
Brandon LaFell can play anywhere—"X", "Z", slot, even "Move" tight end—but he doesn't have a single trait that makes a coach take notice. The depth that he is able to bring to the table, however, is phenomenal. If any receiver goes down, LaFell can step in and take over without missing a beat.
That leaves us with Josh Boyce. He has a unique trait in his all-world speed. No one else in New England can take a top off the defense like Boyce. Give him too much of a cushion and he'll make you pay with the short screen. Play him too tight and you better hope you have safety help.
If Boyce is healthy in 2014, there is no reason that he can't win the job.
Verdict: Josh Boyce