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Roster Breakdown: Wide receivers


Locks: Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, Brandon LaFell, Matthew Slater

Bubble: Josh Boyce, Kenbrell Thompkins

Long shots: Jeremy Gallon, Jeremy Johnson, Wilson Van Hooser, Reese Wiggins


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BREAKDOWN:** Money could play a key role in the breakdown at receiver. Amendola still has four years left on his contract and would cost the team $3.2 million against the cap if he were cut. LaFell got $1 million to sign, and although it would not be impossible for the team to eat that total if things don't work out, it would be highly unlikely. Slater is a special teams ace who provides loads of leadership, but until Tom Brady stops throwing the ball in his direction in playoff games we'll continue to list him as a wideout. Boyce and Thompkins could be in a battle for one spot. I like Boyce's explosiveness and would like to see him stay healthy and get a chance to contribute. Thompkins was a nice story as an undrafted rookie last year but he doesn't consistently catch the ball and also had his share of medical issues. Gallon was a seventh-round pick but at 5-8 would appear to be another in a seemingly endless line of slot-types on the roster. Johnson flashed a bit during mini-camp and could fight Gallon for a practice squad spot. Van Hooser and Wiggins are long shots.


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