And as we discussed earlier in the week, that’s not the case anymore.
Randy Moss is 33. Wes Welker’s coming off a knee reconstruction and rotator-cuff surgery. Donte’ Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney are gone. The tight end position has been totally overhauled.
All of that’s why, in our buddy Jason Cole’s ranking of NFL receiver groups (which includes tight ends), the Patriots have slipped out of the Top 10, coming in 11th. Cole writes …
If Wes Welker was healthy, this group would rank higher. Adding Torry Holt helps, although we’ll see how he gets along with Randy Moss.
The Colts, Saints, Chargers, Vikings, Packers, Cardinals, Texans, Falcons, Eagles and Cowboys make up the Top 10. Here’s what the Patriots group looks like as it stands today …
WIDE RECEIVER: Sam Aiken, Bryan Anderson, Julian Edelman, Buddy Farnham, Torry Holt, Darnell Jenkins, Randy Moss, David Patten, Taylor Price, Matthew Slater, Isaiah Stanback, Wes Welker
TIGHT END: Robbie Agnone, Alge Crumpler, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Rob Myers