Patriots WR snaps (73, including penalties): Julian Edelman 62, Chris Hogan 56, Malcolm Mitchell 39, Danny Amendola 19, Matthew Slater 4
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) September 12, 2016
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Edelman dominated the snaps, turning 7 targets into 7 receptions and 66 yards. The bigger story is Hogan, who was talked up as a potential breakout candidate in the preseason and delivered in Week 1. Of course he was targeted just 4 times and, when healthy, he could be fourth on the progression chart:
- Julian Edelman
- Rob Gronkowski
- James White (7 targets on Sunday as he assumes left behind by Dion Lewis)
That said, once Tom Brady returns fourth on the option list (and maybe even third) is an enviable place to be. Last season Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell combined for 92 receptions on 161 targets. LaFell is no longer in the mix and for now Amendola appears to be further down the depth chart. That means potential opportunity, something that we are always on the lookout for.
While he may not make a significant impact over the next few weeks, with Jimmy Garopolo at quarterback, that could change in a hurry. As it is he had 3 receptions for 60 yards and 1 TD in Week 1 and the potential is there for his role and impact to grow.
Consider the arrow pointing up in all formats, which means he’s well worth stashing if you have room at the end of your bench.
Source – ESPN