Prisco's top Pats question: Outside WR

May, 18, 2013
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In a column that provides a snapshot look at some of the larger issues facing each team in the NFL, Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com writes a piece titled, "Pressing questions for all 32 teams heading into the summer."

For the Patriots, Prisco focuses on the offense, with this question: "Who starts outside at receiver with Danny Amendola in the slot?

As previously noted by Patriots owner Robert Kraft, the club returns all but two starters and both are at the receiver position (Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd), so it makes sense that Prisco would look to that area.

"The Patriots drafted Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce and both will be given good chances to play," Prisco writes. "Part of that is because there isn't much in front of them. Veteran Michael Jenkins doesn't run that well. Donald Jones, signed away from Buffalo, will be in the mix as well. The Patriots better hope one of those rookies can provide some speed outside."

When considering some other questions that could be asked, here were a few others that came to mind:

1. Will the Patriots' pass defense improve with continuity in the secondary?
2. Is the pass rush suffice?
3. Will Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez make it through the season healthy, and if not, how does that affect the offense?

To read Prisco's piece, CLICK HERE.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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