Patriots preview: Defending champs even more dangerous thanks to new arrivals

Scott Pitoniak, Special for USA TODAY Sports

8:09 a.m. ET June 19, 2017


USA TODAY Sports’ Lindsay H. Jones breaks down the big offseason changes in the AFC East and what to expect in the division for 2017.

Training camps are still in the distance, but USA TODAY Sports is providing five things you need to know about every team in the NFL to catch you up on the offseason. Today, the New England Patriots …

1. Brady has his deepest receiving corps in some time

The addition of speedy wide receiver Brandin Cooks in a trade with the New Orleans Saints gives quarterback Tom Brady one of the deepest receiving corps of his career. It’s so deep, veteran Danny Amendola might find himself sixth on the depth chart. Cooks, 23, is coming off a season in which he caught 78 passes for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns. He’ll be paired opposite Julian Edelman, who caught 98 passes for a career-high 1,106 yards and three…

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