Bill Belichick: Probably best WR competition since I’ve been here

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The Patriots signed wide receivers Chris Hogan and Nate Washington as free agents this offseason and drafted two more wideouts in April, giving the team a variety of options to go with their holdovers from last year’s team.

We’re still in the early stages of camp, but coach Bill Belichick likes how the competition is coming together. Belichick said on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan that he thinks the battle for spots on the 53-man roster will be as or more heated than any other in his time with the team.

“I think our competition at receiver is good, it’s probably as good as it’s been since I’ve been here,” Belichick said. “All of those guys are capable at whatever it is. They have different styles at different positions — slot guys or outside guys — but whatever it is, they’re very competitive and capable players that, I think, have a lot to offer and are going to be very competitive. Obviously, we can’t keep all of them, but it should be a good battle. They all have skill.”

Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola would seem to be secure in their roles at the top of the depth chart and Hogan seems a good bet to join them. If that’s the case, Washington, fourth-rounder Malcolm Mitchell, Keshawn Martin and the others would be trying to provide other skills to add to the mix.

Of course, any discussion of receiving targets in New England has to include tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. Belichick called them “kind of interchangeable” in terms of the things they can do in the passing game and thinks they’ll put pressure on defenses, which would help the Patriots offense during and after Tom Brady’s suspension.

61 responses to “Bill Belichick: Probably best WR competition since I’ve been here

  1. Gronk SMASH!!! I’m still amazed at watching him just bulldoze thru the secondary,,,and supposed NFL talent hanging off him like 5 yr olds at pop warner

  2. Watch how BB ends up surprising everyone by trading a wide receiver that we would have thought before the trade, would never be considered to be traded. Think Vince Wilfork, Logan Mankins, Chandler Jones. I even remember when he traded Ty Law after a SB win. If he trades anyone, I hope its Edelman, that guy always has big numbers against the Bills.

  3. I’m really excited to see the end results….
    I sure hope Devon Lucian makes the squad…. Thought he was a draft day steal!!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  4. This further proves he doesn’t have plans to sit Jimmy in week 5. What helps a young inexperienced QB more than good receivers? Jimmy will be surrounded by an excellent cast and unless he chokes mightily, Brady will not see the field again.

  5. Doesn’t hurt to have the best qb in history pitching to them. 12 has won a lot of games with average receivers and a debilitated line.

  6. .
    The Patriots have an excess of bodies at WR and also on the interior Oline. Needy teams may find the Patriots to be willing trading partners.
    .

  7. By “best” he means “whitest.” That Trump-loving racist Brady probably told him to get some more white receivers to go with their least diverse coaching staff. I wonder if he knows Toby Gerhart is available. What a scummy, vile, putrid organization. Someone should clean house.

  8. By “best” he means “whitest.” That Trump-loving racist Brady probably told him to get some more white receivers to go with their least diverse coaching staff. I wonder if he knows Toby Gerhart is available. What a scummy, vile, putrid organization. Someone should clean house.

    Jesus Christ

  9. Excess on the oline? Ummm did you see how bad they got b-slapped by the Broncos?

    One injury and they will be back to collapse city!

  10. Once again, jealous and miserable fans posting negativity on this page…

    On a positive note: congrats to Kevin Faulk on his induction to the Patriots hall of fame – it was great to see the GOAT make a speech wearing Faulk’s jersey

  11. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 1, 2016 6:08 PM

    By “best” he means “whitest.” That Trump-loving racist Brady probably told him to get some more white receivers to go with their least diverse coaching staff. I wonder if he knows Toby Gerhart is available. What a scummy, vile, putrid organization. Someone should clean house.
    ——————————————–
    Every word in your post screams that your the racist.

  12. Hard to believe Aaron Dobson is already in the dreaded other” category. The team loved him as a high draft pick coming out of college and he looks the part, but I guess it’s now or never for him. It seems like BB’s higher round draft pick WRs just haven’t worked out for some reason. Maybe Dobson balls out in training camp.

  13. bostonisthebestandyouallsukk says:
    Aug 1, 2016 5:50 PM

    Easier to catch deflated balls.
    ————————–

    Any evidence for that, or are you just parroting NFL lies?

    I’d be willing to wager it would be easier to catch a football that is inflated to regulation pressure.

  14. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 1, 2016 6:08 PM

    By “best” he means “whitest.” That Trump-loving racist Brady probably told him to get some more white receivers to go with their least diverse coaching staff. I wonder if he knows Toby Gerhart is available. What a scummy, vile, putrid organization. Someone should clean house.
    ———————-

    You donkey fans are the trashiest people imaginable. If those bozos own the NFL, it’s because they paid someone under the table for it.

  15. “Ummm did you see how bad they got b-slapped by the Broncos?”

    ****

    The whole world did. Brady is still hearing Von’s footsteps. He basically took Giselle, had his way with her, then took a dump in Tom’s Uggs right in front of him. The league did him a favor suspending him 4 games, gives him more time to recover from his PTSD. He may never be the same again.

  16. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 1, 2016 6:45 PM
    “Ummm did you see how bad they got b-slapped by the Broncos?”

    ****

    The whole world did. Brady is still hearing Von’s footsteps. He basically took Giselle, had his way with her, then took a dump in Tom’s Uggs right in front of him. The league did him a favor suspending him 4 games, gives him more time to recover from his PTSD. He may never be the same again.

    ——————————————————–
    So sad…that there is a chance that might reproduce.

  17. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 1, 2016 6:45 PM

    “Ummm did you see how bad they got b-slapped by the Broncos?”

    ****

    The whole world did. Brady is still hearing Von’s footsteps. He basically took Giselle, had his way with her, then took a dump in Tom’s Uggs right in front of him. The league did him a favor suspending him 4 games, gives him more time to recover from his PTSD. He may never be the same again.
    _________________________________

    You guys need a serious dose of reality. Yup. The Denver D owned that game. They had a great season. Brady is the GOAT, or possibly Montana…. and did Montana win the Superbowl every single year? Nope. Did Gretzky win the Stanley Cup every single year? Nope. Did MJ? Nope. You can be the GOAT and not win every year. Denver won 2 Superbowls while blatantly violating the salary cap (what salary cap asks Denver??? ) And they won a 3rd that was practically handed to them, propped up on mega HGH Manning’s forehead so he could ride off from Superbowl 50. What’s funny, is that Denver has the WORST odds to repeat of any Superbowl winner. They might not even make the playoffs, and the Pats will be in the final 4 – again.

    – Skins fan.

  18. @orange and blue own the nfl

    You win the moron of the day post.

    SMH

    That’s ok keep up your crying and whining. You’ll be doing it all season as the Pats steamroll other teams all season long.

  19. Hey whiny little Donks fans, you might want to check our own team’s long and extensive history of cheating.

  20. Can someone please answer this question if a deflated ball is an advantage then why would Aaron Rodgers put his players at a disadvantage by overinflating this footballs

  21. chuckshontaspads says:
    Aug 1, 2016 7:03 PM
    Mike this orange and blue guy has to be shut down. I actually think he is deranged.

    ****

    Because when you can’t dispute fact, resort to censorship! Hey, it worked for the Soviet Union, right?

  22. They are probably really good at cheating and lying!!
    Ever notice that the entire universe thinks the pats cheat except their fans??
    They won a few games, but when everyone says you cheated to do it, it really diminishes the wins. So thechnicaly they are still irrelevant!!
    Lol
    Skol

  23. celticsforever,
    you forgot to switch usernames to reflect the fact that you are not a Skins fan, but a Pats fan pathetically trying to make it look like fans of other teams support your delusional positions.

  24. hey are probably really good at cheating and lying!!
    Ever notice that the entire universe thinks the pats cheat except their fans??
    They won a few games, but when everyone says you cheated to do it, it really diminishes the wins. So thechnicaly they are still irrelevant!!
    Lol

  25. Are the two Patriots/Donkeys games last season the ones people are calling beat downs?

    The two games where the Patriots went to overtime in the first one, and were in the second one until the very end?

    Lol. A beat down is what the Seattle Seahawks did to the Denver Donkeys in Super Bowl XLVIII. That was a complete and utter, old-fashioned beat down.

  26. vikesr4reel says:
    Aug 1, 2016 7:48 PM

    They are probably really good at cheating and lying!!
    Ever notice that the entire universe thinks the pats cheat except their fans??
    They won a few games, but when everyone says you cheated to do it, it really diminishes the wins. So thechnicaly they are still irrelevant!!
    Lol
    Skol
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    I seem to recall a game on television where the Vikings were caught cheating, tampering with the footballs, by heating them up on the sidelines, during a game.

    Check back when the Vikings get even close to being relevant.

    Skol

  27. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 1, 2016 7:49 PM
    celticsforever,
    you forgot to switch usernames to reflect the fact that you are not a Skins fan, but a Pats fan pathetically trying to make it look like fans of other teams support your delusional positions.
    ——–
    Brady’s jersey was top selling NFL jersey last year. And it’s currently at #2 now.

    He was just voted #2 player out of top 100 by the players.

    Please help me understand how only NE fans like Brady? I’ll sit and wait…….and probably wait for a long long time for a relevant rebuttals based around facts

  28. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Aug 1, 2016 6:01 PM
    This further proves he doesn’t have plans to sit Jimmy in week 5. What helps a young inexperienced QB more than good receivers? Jimmy will be surrounded by an excellent cast and unless he chokes mightily, Brady will not see the field again.

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    hahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahhaahahahahhahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahaha

  29. vikesr4reel says:
    Aug 1, 2016 7:48 PM

    They are probably really good at cheating and lying!!
    Ever notice that the entire universe thinks the pats cheat except their fans??
    They won a few games, but when everyone says you cheated to do it, it really diminishes the wins. So thechnicaly they are still irrelevant!!
    Lol
    Skol

    —-

    oh, hey, look, it’s the self proclaimed dirty troll back at it again! Doing good, buddy! Could use a little refinement. Only 2 question marks and exclamation points? Come on, if you’re going in, you should go all in and do the minimum of 3 to really get your point across!!! Try again, and I’ll try to remember (not at all, actually) to come back here and re-critique your new and improved dirty trolling.

  30. stash918 says:
    Aug 1, 2016 6:40 PM
    Hard to believe Aaron Dobson is already in the dreaded other” category. The team loved him as a high draft pick coming out of college and he looks the part, but I guess it’s now or never for him. It seems like BB’s higher round draft pick WRs just haven’t worked out for some reason. Maybe Dobson balls out in training camp.

    ——-
    “Already?” He’s had plenty of chances.

    Aaron… is that you?

  31. bostonisthebestandyouallsukk says:
    Aug 1, 2016 5:50 PM

    Easier to catch deflated balls.
    __________________________________

    If that were true, then a quarterback throwing a deflated football would have more interceptions. After all, if it’s easier for a receiver to catch a deflated football, it would also be easier for a linebacker or defensive back.

    From 2010 through 2014 (years the Patriots were allegedly using underinflated footballs), the Pats ranked in the top five for fewest regular season interceptions four times. No team was in the top five in all five of those seasons. San Francisco was also a top five team four times. (The Pats were ranked #7 in the year they missed the top five, SF was ranked #13.) Seattle, Green Bay, and KC made the top five three times each.

    Fewer interceptions when throwing a ball that is easier to intercept? It just doesn’t add up, does it?

  32. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Aug 1, 2016 6:01 PM
    This further proves he doesn’t have plans to sit Jimmy in week 5. What helps a young inexperienced QB more than good receivers? Jimmy will be surrounded by an excellent cast and unless he chokes mightily, Brady will not see the field again.

    ———–

    They want good WRs therefore Brady won’t play? No. Just no.

    Of course if Jimmy goes 4-0 and absolutely dominates he could start game 5 and it would be a good problem to have. However, let’s just hope and pray to have great defensive performances and somehow end up 2-2.

  33. vikesr4reel says:
    Aug 1, 2016 7:48 PM

    Ever notice that the entire universe thinks the pats cheat except their fans??

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    That’s an easy one….
    About 50% of the people in the entire universe are below average intelligence. (maybe someone can explain it to you – ask them about the “Bell Curve” and get them to draw a picture)

    There are 32 teams in the NFL. So the fans of 31 teams are prone to be biased against the Patriots.

    The 50% of the people on the left side of the Bell Curve and people that can’t get past their personal bias were all duped by the NFL and they can’t understand science.

    There are some fans of other teams that are intelligent and figured it out. Some posted videos online that you can search for. The following 3 videos are for those on the right side of the Bell Curve that still think that someone may have deflated footballs:
    NY PROFESSOR ROBERT BLECKER – DEFLATEGATE | “TISSUE OF LIES”
    “TAKING THE MEASURE OF DEFLATEGATE”
    “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”.

  34. “Fewer interceptions when throwing a ball that is easier to intercept? It just doesn’t add up, does it?”

    ****

    Deflated balls are easier to grip, not catch. Every advanced stat site like Football Outsiders (or as you clowns would say, scientists) called the numbers suspicious. Most of you idiots will point to total fumbles in an effort to muddy the waters though.
    It’s all about the rate.

  35. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 2, 2016 8:40 PM

    Deflated balls are easier to grip, not catch. Every advanced stat site like Football Outsiders (or as you clowns would say, scientists) called the numbers suspicious. Most of you idiots will point to total fumbles in an effort to muddy the waters though.
    It’s all about the rate.

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    A few misinformed people looked at the rate without considering other factors. Such as the extreme emphasis that the coach places on ball security. Starting with who they put on the roster. How they train. And how quick he is to bench those that fail to keep the football secure.

    Then those misinformed people were made to look foolish when after deflategate when the football pressures were being watched by the NFL the Patriots had no increase in rate.

  36. “How well do they catch fully inflated footballs?”

    Probably about as good as they did when thy whooped Seattle in the Superbowl. Verrrry easily!

  37. Can’t wait till the Dolphins trash the Asterisk’s* in week 2, it will bring back the laughter of the 2008 game in NE when the Asterisk’s* couldn’t figure out the wildcat..ROFLMAO
    I’ll be there too, can’t wait!

  38. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 2, 2016 8:40 PM

    Deflated balls are easier to grip, not catch. Every advanced stat site like Football Outsiders (or as you clowns would say, scientists) called the numbers suspicious. Most of you idiots will point to total fumbles in an effort to muddy the waters though.
    It’s all about the rate.
    ____________________________________

    Using stats obtained from Football Outsiders, Mike Tanier (National Lead Writer for Bleacher Report) studied NFL offensive fumble rates for 2012 through 2014 (when the Pats are alleged to have used deflated footballs). Special teams fumbles are excluded since these involve K-balls, not the footballs provided by the offensive team. Here the fumble rates per 100 plays for the top five teams:

    Ravens 1.05
    Saints 1.14
    Patriots 1.21
    Falcons 1.23
    Browns 1.30

    Not only are the Patriots not outliers, they didn’t even have the lowest fumble rate!

    What about home versus road fumbles? Since the home team provides the ball attendant for the visiting team, the Pats would have no opportunity to tamper with football when playing away from Gillette. Thus, if there was tampering, their footballs would only be easier to grip when playing at home.

    For the same 2012 through 2014 period, the Pats fumbled 21 times at home and 20 times on the road. The Pats were actually better (marginally better) on the road than they were at home.

    The bottom line is that there’s nothing suspicious here … other than the motives of those who think there’s something suspicious here.

  39. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 2, 2016 8:40 PM

    Deflated balls are easier to grip, not catch. Every advanced stat site like Football Outsiders (or as you clowns would say, scientists) called the numbers suspicious. Most of you idiots will point to total fumbles in an effort to muddy the waters though.
    It’s all about the rate.

    ——————————————————————-

    A few misinformed people looked at the rate without considering other factors. Such as the extreme emphasis that the coach places on ball security. Starting with who they put on the roster. How they train. And how quick he is to bench those that fail to keep the football secure.

    Then those misinformed people were made to look foolish when after deflategate when the football pressures were being watched by the NFL the Patriots had no increase in rate.

  40. “NE is #2 since ’06, but is #1 since ’07, #1 since ’08, #1 since ’09…you get the picture. The string of consecutive seasons of over-performance is unmistakable. One year where they might be nipped by randomness (and just barely) does not mean they don’t have an advantage.

    Besides, the standard here isn’t that unless NE is an extreme outlier they are in the clear. It’s misleading to imply otherwise. The standard should be: which explanation is the data most consistent with? The tables above show that the data is exactly what we’d expect if a team had an advantage but extremely unusual and unlikely to be observed by chance alone.

    Regarding ATL, yes, they are also very good with ball security. Should they be investigated too? Possibly, but I wouldn’t start an investigation or make an accusation on statistics alone. The bottom line is that nothing here rules out the possibility other teams also tamper with their footballs.

    The timing of the sudden improvement is suspicious. Just a year into the new rules, NE goes from being average overall and having just about the number of fumbles we would expect given their offensive style to being the absolute best in the league.”

    – Brian Burke, Advanced Football Analytics

  41. A Patriots practice must be interesting. I assume most of the time is spent getting players to sign non-disclosure forms promising not to reveal all the cheating that’s being planned.

  42. orange and blue own the nfl says:
    Aug 3, 2016 10:38 AM]

    “The timing of the sudden improvement is suspicious. Just a year into the new rules [in 2007], NE goes from being average overall and having just about the number of fumbles we would expect given their offensive style to being the absolute best in the league.”
    ___________________________________

    In 2007, a rule change allowed NFL teams to prepare their own footballs. In the wake of that rule change, every team developed its own process for preparing footballs. (Eli Manning’s ball prep was the subject of a well-known NY Times article!). So, it’s conceivable that the techniques used by the Patriots may make the surface of the ball easier to grip.

    Would that mean the Pats’ ball prep is illegal? Clearly not. Does it suggest the Pats may be tampering with footballs after they have been inspected by game officials If so, that would show up in the fumble stats.

    If you study those stats from 2007 through 2014 you will discover that the Pats offensive fumble rate is 1.14% at home (where they Pats control the footballs after inspection by officials) and 1.08% on the road (where footballs are controlled by employees of the home team.)

    Yes, the Pats fumble rate improved after 2006, but the lower home fumble rate/higher road fumble rate necessary to signal tampering just isn’t there. In fact, the Pats were actually better on the road.

  43. The Broncos won their one championship for this decade….the same as the Buccaneers. Fortunately they can now go back to marginal relevance for another 10-15 years….

  44. I hope this comment is allowed to stand!
    Chris Hogan? There is exactly one reason he has been signed. Anyone like to venture a guess? Hint: look at any Patriot’s team photo from the last fourteen years and tell me what you see in “contrast” to every other NFL team.
    Second hint: it’s right there in black and white.

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