This article is part of our On Target series.
Welcome back to another year of On Target, my friends. We are taking the column in a slightly different direction this season with more of a focus on specific WR/CB matchups as well as a continued discussion of the passing game. My idea for the column throughout the preseason is to get us all up to speed with the important risers and fallers on the offensive side of the ball present as much actionable information as possible for drafts.
This week, we will highlight three receiving situations that are unsettled and where we have a chance to gain some clarity in preseason and also will discuss some of the rookie cornerbacks and how they could influence passing matchups in a way that was (obviously) not present last season.
Patriots Depth Wide Receivers
The sequencing of news out of the Patriots camp all offseason has really lead me to believe that they don't know what to expect out of their receiving depth chart after Chris Hogan. Hogan is basically a locked-in WR2 with a WR1 ceiling if touchdown variance smiles on him this season, but what is more intriguing to me is what happens after him. Kenny Britt is now slated to start opposite Hogan in the first four games before Edelman's return and likely after that with Edelman working out of the slot. However, Britt is now entering his age-30 season and has a single 100-target season under his belt. He's probably more athletic than the list of players