Patriots Very Thin At Wide Receiver Position

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Hey, Bill Belichick. Have any thoughts on the competition among your receivers at Patriots camp?

"Well, we'll see, we got a long way to go," Belichick said at training camp. "Too early to start our evaluating right now. We've had part of the process, but I think we're a long way from the finish line at that position and every other position."

The first preseason game's a week from tonight in Foxboro against the Redskins, and the Pats appear incredibly thin at wide receiver. Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola moved in the offseason. Julian Edelman's suspended the first four games. The Pats cut Jordan Matthews yesterday after he suffered a serious hamstring injury.

Patriots' Jordan Matthews Era Over Before It Started
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Patriots are still early in training camp, but they've already lost a receiver who may have played a big role in 2018.

Kenny Britt's on the PUP list with a hammy problem of his own, and Malcolm Mitchell's dealing with a knee injury and hasn't been on the field. That leaves Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson. Free agent vet Eric Decker visited this week for a workout, and the Pats are expected to sign him to a one-year deal. 

There's also rookie sixth-round pick Braxton Berrios or Riley McCarron, who spent last year on the practice squad. He isn't focused on camp competition.

"I don't really spend too much time on that, that's out of my control," McCarron said. "I'm just trying to come out here and compete every day, be a guy that my teammates and everybody can count on to get the job done."

Stay tuned.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports

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