Will this be the year that 2013 second-round pick Aaron Dobson breaks through? He had a solid series of spring practices, but it's understandable why many are waiting to see more based on his struggles to stay healthy the past two seasons and the fact the pads have yet to come on. Dobson, rookie Malcolm Mitchell and first-year player Chris Harper are the top "X" options. If the season started today, Dobson would probably get the nod, but there's a long way to go.
It's interesting that Reiss didn't mention Chris Hogan, who at 6'1" has the size to play outside. We reached out to Reiss and asked about Hogan in the X, and he replied: "Has inside-outside flexibility but wouldn't view him as pure X."
Jon Bostic OLB
Geneo Grissom OLB Chris Harper WR
Tre Jackson OG
Ishmaa'ily Kitchen NT
LaAdrian Waddle T
Tavon Wilson SS
Julian Edelman (foot) makes his return this week. This was probably the most realistic target date all along for Edelman. He likely won't be 100-percent but should be good targets after suffering a similar injury to Dez Bryant toward the end of the season. Rob Gronkowski has back and knee issues and reports say the bigger concern is his back, but he will play against the Chiefs in this divisional matchup and is our top TE play.
Pro Football Talk
Nov 30, 2015 · 6:03 PM EST
A muffed punt that turned the tide of the Patriots’ loss on Sunday night has cost Chris Harper his job.
Tom Curran of CSNNE.com reports that Harper was cut today.
The Patriots appeared to be in total control of the game early in the fourth quarter on Sunday night: They had a 21-7 lead and had just forced the Broncos to punt. But Harper muffed the punt, the Broncos recovered, and four plays later they scored a touchdown. Denver went on to win the game in overtime.