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WR Kenbrell Thompkins

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Outlook: Kenbrell Thompkins had a rough rookie season. He flashed some big-play ability but the raw edge of his game was evident and he had to deal with some injury issues. Thompkins could be fighting for a roster spot with Josh Boyce (per the Boston Herald) and if he is to survive the battle, he needs to overcome his propensity for drops and overall focus. While he could very well be off the roster come the end of August, another team would pick him up. On the Patriots we can't see him as better than bench depth for a fantasy roster. If he ends up elsewhere, and shows he can cut down on his mistakes, he could see his stock rise.


WR Odell Beckham

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Outlook: Odell Beckham may be 5'11", 198 pounds but he's not a slot receiver. Beckham's skill set lends itself to a traditional outside role, and by all accounts his coaches agree. The LSU Tiger was considered by many draft scouts to be the second best receiver in this class (behind Sammy Watkins). Eli Manning reportedly lobbied for Beckham, as well, feeling he was the solution to the wobbly pass attack. Beckham is an aggressive player who does well on timing routes; a staple of the West Coast offense. He's not guaranteed a major role in 2014, but he'll have every opportunity to earn one in training camp.


WR Harry Douglas

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Outlook: Harry Douglas is a solid #3 wide receiver, and proved last season he can step into the starting lineup and produce respectable numbers (132 targets for 85/1,067/2 receiving in relief of Jones and White last year). With legendary tight end Tony Gonzalez now in retirement, Douglas and his compatriots at wide receiver - Roddy White and Julio Jones - are likely to see even more opportunities to catch the football during the upcoming NFL season. Even as Douglas returns to the #3 wide receiver role he's filled when White and Jones are both healthy, he'll likely produce more than he did prior to 2013 (generally around 40 receptions and 400-500 yards receiving with a TD while teamed with Jones and White during 2011 and 2012) as the wide receivers will inherit some of the 120-130 targets and 80-90 receptions that Gonzalez handled annually while with the Falcons.


WR Rod Streater

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Outlook: Rod Streater built on a surprising rookie campaign by hauling in 60 catches for 888 yards and 4 scores in 2013. The undrafted wide out from Temple was hot and cold, posting 4 games with more than 80 yards receiving and 3 games with less than 20. Some of that can be attributed to uneven quarterback play, which the Raiders hope they have solved with the acquisition of Matt Schaub. Streater currently has the edge in the battle to start and has looked like the best receiver in camp at times. He's entering his third year which is often a breakout year for receivers.


WR Brandon LaFell

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Outlook: Brandon LaFell never lived up to the promise he showed coming out of LSU during his time with the Panthers, but the expectations aren't quite as high with the Patriots who excel in getting the most out of their players. We expect him to make the roster, given the money he is making, but the question becomes "how many targets?" LaFell will be battling with second-year player Aaron Dobson for the "X" spot, which could improve his production. He ran routes out of the slot a lot in Carolina and was ill-suited to the role. If LaFell wins the job, we expect WR4 or WR 5 production. There is a chance his role is more limited though, and he is beaten out by Dobson, in which case he won't be worth a roster spot at all.


Projections

David Dodds's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT
Rod Streater0.00.000.00.02.0140.058.08415.0115.5
Harry Douglas0.00.000.00.00.000.045.05634.080.3
Kenbrell Thompkins0.00.000.00.00.000.035.04553.063.5
Odell Beckham0.00.000.00.00.000.032.04263.060.6
Brandon LaFell0.00.000.00.01.050.018.02341.029.9

Chris Smith's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT

Bob Henry's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT
Rod Streater0.00.000.00.01.050.055.07704.0101.5
Odell Beckham0.00.000.00.02.0150.050.06604.091.5
Harry Douglas0.00.000.00.00.000.060.07352.085.5
Kenbrell Thompkins0.00.000.00.00.000.028.03802.050.0
Brandon LaFell0.00.000.00.00.000.017.02152.033.5

Jason Wood's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT
Rod Streater0.00.000.00.00.000.056.07905.0109.0
Harry Douglas0.00.000.00.00.000.064.07753.095.5
Odell Beckham0.00.000.00.00.000.040.05054.074.5
Kenbrell Thompkins0.00.000.00.00.000.018.02502.037.0
Brandon LaFell0.00.000.00.00.000.05.0751.013.5

Maurile Tremblay's projections

PlayerCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDRECYDTDFPT
Harry Douglas0.00.000.00.00.000.052.06803.086.0
Rod Streater0.00.000.00.01.060.046.06333.081.9
Odell Beckham0.00.000.00.00.000.043.05783.075.8
Kenbrell Thompkins0.00.000.00.00.000.032.04443.062.4
Brandon LaFell0.00.000.00.01.040.026.03252.044.9