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Patriots Work Out 4 Wide Receivers Following Julian Edelman's Injury

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots reacts after the New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The New England Patriots were already thin at wide receiver in terms of depth heading into the 2019 season, and the revelation that Julian Edelman is expected to miss the first three weeks of the season certainly didn't help things.

So in an effort to find a possible depth replacement to tide them over, they worked out four wide receivers in Nick Williams, Justin Hunter, Papi White and Travin Dural.

Hunter, a six-year NFL veteran, has played for the Titans, Steelers and Bills. Over 60 career games, he's hauled in 85 receptions for 1,349 yards and 13 touchdowns. He's the most established receiver of the four that the Patriots brought in.

He could prove to be a quality depth piece to help the Patriots work through not having Edelman during camp and possibly the first pre-season game. With New England already shallow at the position, perhaps one of these guys could fight for a 53-man roster spot.

With Edelman on the sidelines, there are more questions than answers for the Patriots at receiver heading into 2019. It's unclear whether or not Demaryius Thomas will be healthy enough to contribute consistently. Dontrelle Inman and N'Keal Harry still haven't had the chance to prove themselves.

Strength in numbers in wake of the injury is by far and away there safest bet. At the very least, bringing in an extra man would give the Patriots more options in the early going.