Take your pick: Aaron Dobson, Michael Jenkins, Josh Boyce, Kamar Aiken, Kenbrell Thompkins, Mark Harrison, or Quentin Sims. Every one of the aforementioned players is competing to play at the team’s X position, or outside wide receiver. (The slot position is buttoned up with star free agent signing Danny Amendola locked in as the No. 1 and Julian Edelman penciled in as his backup.)
Dobson, Jenkins, and Aiken have all been impressive during OTAs and minicamp, but the shift to full pads will be when the competition heats up for everyone. Don’t be surprised if Jenkins comes out on top in the early going with draft picks Dobson and Boyce scratching at his heels. Aiken is the longshot.
It’s also possible the Patriots could have new plans for Edelman, who supplanted Wes Welker for a time last season in the slot. And free agent signee Lavelle Hawkins has some flexibility as well.