Kate Lemasters

New England Patriots Are Full Of Receivers In 2014

Created on Jul. 14, 2014 5:49 PM EST

Regardless of which team you root for, all sports fans acknowledge that a wide receiver’s perform can make or break a season. From the new guys getting their first taste of action to the veterans that make it look easy, this article will breakdown the wide receivers that fans of New England Patriots should look out for in the 2014 season.

The Rookies:

While there are the returning members of the roster that fans automatically look to in order to put points on the scoreboard, a new season presents rookies with the opportunity to make a name for themselves.

Reese Wiggins: This 23-year-old is 5-foot-11 and weighs 185 pounds. In his senior year of college, Wiggins received an All-Conference USA Honorable Mention, finishing with 26 receptions for 372 yards and four touchdowns.

Wilson Van Hooser: Lettering three years for Tulane, in which he totaled 805 yards and nine touchdowns, Van Hooser transferred to Troy for his senior year. In the 10 games that he played for Troy, Van Hooser had 188 yards and two touchdowns.

Jeremy Johnson: Also six feet tall, this 180-pound WR completed his college career with 10 touchdowns and 1,936 yards at Southern Methodist University. He caught 112 passes for 1,112 and six TDs his final season at SMU before he went undrafted in 2014.

Jeremy Gallon: The 185-pound Gallon was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL draft. Gallon finished his career at the University of Michigan with 173 receptions for 2,704 yards and 17 touchdowns. His 173 career receptions ranks third all-time in team history.

The Rockstars:

Danny Amendola: The 28- years-old WR has finished with at least one reception in 43 straight games played, going back to his days in St. Louis in 2009. In 12 games in 2013, his first year with NE, Amendola finished with 54 receptions for 633 yards and two scores.

Aaron Dobson: While the 22-year-old Dobson may not have as much experience in the NFL as some of his teammates, he certainly has made quite the impression since being drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He finished last season with 519 yards and four touchdowns.

Kenbrell Thompkins: In 2013, while playing against Tampa Bay, Thompkins caught two passes for 41 yards and put two touchdowns on the scoreboard. Against the New Orleans Saints, with five seconds left on the clock, he caught a 17-yard-touchdown to win the game.

Brandon LaFell: In 60 games with the Carolina Panthers, LaFell had 2,385 yards and 13 TDs. Last year, he had a career-high five touchdowns and 627 yards. The Patriots signed LaFell in March 2014.

Julian Edelman: The 5-foot-10, 198-pound Edelman really made his mark last season on the sport’s world when he caught 105 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns.

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