Patriots wide receivers have hogged the headlines over the last week, as Josh Gordon has been reinstated, while Julian Edelman and Demaryius Thomas have both returned to practice.
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So with the fight for roster spots intensifying as the calendar approaches September, which wideouts will make the team? Thursday night's preseason game against the Panthers could offer some clues, both in terms of how players perform and how they are used.
Tight end is another area of focus. With Ben Watson set to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, who will step up and seize the opportunity for playing time?
Phil Perry will be keeping a close eye on these positions among many others when the Patriots and Panthers take the field Thursday.
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