Through two weeks of training camp, Nelson Agholor has been the best receiver for the Patriots. Agholor missed Sunday’s practice, giving other players chances to step up, with two standing out and making the most of the opportunity.
N’Keal Harry continues to stack days, with his third solid practice in a row. His day was highlighted by what might have been the catch of the summer so far, a full-extension grab in the end zone on a throw from Cam Newton.
With Harry’s trade request still unclear, it’s hard to get a firm grasp on his standing on the roster. He’s putting together the best run he’s had since joining the Patriots, but with three wide receivers ahead of him on the depth chart and his lack of special teams ability he’ll need to keep it up through the end of camp.
The other standout receiver was the player arguably pushing Harry the hardest for a roster spot. Kristian Wilkerson caught a team-high seven passes on the day, and was a frequent target of both Newton and Mac Jones.
Wilkerson displayed a varied route tree running both deep and underneath. His highlight was a 50-plus yard deep ball he caught from Newton early in practice.
In terms of raw skill, Wilkerson isn’t where Harry as a wide receiver. But he’s got upside, and given the nature of the spot they’re fighting for, Wilkerson’s considerable special teams experience and ability could close that gap. There’s still a long way to go, and the upcoming preseason games and joint practices will be key for both players.
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