Scouting the Patriots in 2011
Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Chad Ochocinco (pictured), Taylor Price, Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater
This unit is better for a few reasons: Welker says he feels better than ever now that he's 18 months removed from ACL surgery; Ochocinco should provide another savvy veteran for Brady; and Price has shown that he can be a more consistent option than the jettisoned Brandon Tate -- provided he can stay healthy. Branch may see his looks limited, but Brady knows he can count on him when needed. Edelman will be looking to bounce back from a forgettable 2010 season as a receiver, when he had just seven catches (he recorded 37 as a rookie). Special teams specialist Slater had a strong preseason offensively -- he could be an unexpected contributor at the position.