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NFL Notebook: How will this year’s group of Patriots’ receivers measure up?

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In this week’s edition of the NFL Notebook, we get into some good running back talk (and try and figure out whether or not James White can break a longstanding league record in 2019), hear from another offensive line coach as to what makes Dante Scarnecchia so special, and try and figure out where a Tom Brady-to-Ben Watson touchdown pass in 2019 would rank in terms of oldest ever quarterback-pass catcher scoring combinations. But first, the Patriots could have a group of wide receivers this year who are physically larger than they’ve been in past seasons. Is that a (no pun intended) big deal?

1. When it comes to the Patriots’ pass catchers, does size matter? Taking the average height and weight, this group of receivers has a chance to be the biggest in recent franchise history.

Keeping in mind things will change between now and the start of the regular season, the Patriots have 11 receivers on their roster (not counting special teams ace Matthew Slater, but figuring Josh Gordon into the mix). The average height of that group is 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds. That’s an increase from 2017, where the average Patriots receiver stood 5-foot-11 and weighed 194 pounds. (That group had the likes of Brandin Cooks, who’s 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds.) Not a seismic change, but certainly noticeable nonetheless.

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