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With the Patriots expected to start the season with almost an entirely new receiving corps, getting those players in training camp and catching passes from Tom Brady couldn’t come early enough.
Leading the group of incoming pass-catchers is Danny Amendola, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Rams after brief stints with the Cowboys and Eagles. Amendola signed a five-year, $31 million contract with the Patriots in March, not long after Wes Welker had decided to join the Broncos. Welker was one of the smallest offensive players for the Patriots, but he probably leaves the biggest shoes to fill. He took a number of franchise records, including career receptions, with him to Denver.