Many players have become unexpectedly important to this year's Patriot's team this off-season. The departures of Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd, coupled with the health problems for Rob Gronkowski, and incarceration of Aaron Hernandez, has left the offense wide open. Together, these occurences have thrust a number of players into the spot light as important pieces to a consistently dominant offensive unit.
Edelman after returning a punt for a TD last season vs. the Colts
At the forefront of that group are receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman. The two share many similarities. They are both small, dynamic receivers who typically come out of the slot position but can play on the outside as well. Many also believe that while each may not be as tough as Wes Welker, they have the potential to be more explosive playmakers.
NFL.com writer Gregg Rosenthal wrote a great piece on whether or not Edelman can "make the leap" in the upcoming season, where he has an unprecedented opportun...