Caserio: Pats receivers are a “good group”

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INDIANAPOLIS — The wide receiver group may have some question marks, but it is not an area that concerns, Nick Caserio, the Patriots director of player personnel.

Wes Welker continues to recover from knee surgery and Randy Moss will be entering the final year of his contract. The Patriots signed veteran receiver and former Patriot David Patten earlier this week and continue to watch Brandon Tate’s progress as he recovers from a knee injury that ended his season.

“… I think it’s a good group,” Caserio said. “Where are we once the season rolls around, it’s hard to tell but I think where the group is right now, I think there are a lot of guys who have been productive at different levels of experience, and we’re excited about what the opportunities are moving forward.”

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A highlight from the group included Julian Edelman’s rookie season, as he ended the regular season with 37 receptions for 359 yards and one touchdown. Keep in mind, he missed a few games with a broken forearm and played quarterback at Kent State.

“If you look at Randy if you look at the time he’s been here, he’s been one of the most productive receivers in the league for the past three years,” Caserio said. “He’s a great player. He’s certainly been an asset to this offense. Wes, I mean, his body of work speaks for itself. I think Edelman was a pleasant surprise for us last year. … ”