One of the most common reactions after the Patriots' playoff loss to the Jets was that New England needed a wide receiver who could create space to catch balls the way Randy Moss did. There are a host of free-agent wideouts that will be available when the lockout ends, and we hear that the Patriots certainly will take a look, but a daily team observer pointed out that it's not so easy for the Patriots to simply add a veteran wide receiver. The Pats have a complex offense, and the lockout already has knocked out minicamps and OTAs, and it might shorten training camp. With that time lost, it would be difficult for a free-agent wideout to come in and make an immediate impact. Fortunately for the Patriots, wide receiver is not as big of a need as many perceive. In addition to having three young wideouts with upside behind Wes Welker and Deion Branch, Tom Brady has two talented tight ends he throws to often. TEs Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski finished third and fourth, respectively, on the team in receptions.
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