By Patrick Morgan
The New England Patriots announced on Tuesday that they have fortified their thin wide receiver position by signing free agent Demaryius Thomas.
The New England Patriots continue to revamp their receiving corps in the wake of their sixth Super Bowl championship. With Chris Hogan leaving for the Carolina Panthers, Cordarrelle Patterson going to the Chicago Bears, Dwayne Allen signing with the Miami Dolphins, and Rob Gronkowski retiring from the NFL altogether, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will once again find himself surrounded by a strange new cast of characters as he attempts to put together yet another winning season.
As far as continuity is concerned, there’s not a whole lot of it in the New England receiving hierarchy. Among 2018 starters, only Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman and the sparingly-used Philip Dorsett return in 2019 at wideout. Josh Gordon could theoretically finish rehab and get reinstated into the NFL at some point down the line, but that remains a long shot at best (particularly this season).
Tight end isn’t much better for the Patriots. With Gronkowski and Allen both out of the picture, that leaves just the newly-acquired but perpetually-disappointing Seferian-Jenkins to battle for snaps with relative unknowns like Matt LaCosse, Ryan Izzo, Jacob Hollister, and Stephen Anderson. In fact, it’d be a surprise if most of the names listed in the previous sentence are even on the final 53-man roster come this...