Likely Replacement For Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry Identified

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The New England Patriots receiving corps already left a lot to be desired, but with injuries to Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry, the unit is really in trouble.

At the moment, the Patriots have one Gunner Olszewski, Jakobi Myers and Damiere Byrd healthy at receiver. Without question, it would appear the team needs to elevate at least one player from the practice squad and/or trade or sign someone to add some depth to the roster.

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Isaiah Zuber is Almost Certain to Get the Call

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With Julian Edelman out, rookie Isaiah Zuber is the most likely candidate to replace him. Here's a brief look at Zuber's vitals at a summary of his collegiate career. Zuber, 23, played three seasons at Kansas State before spending his final college season at Mississippi State. The 6-foot, 190-pounder left Kansas State with 127 career receptions for 1,321 yards and 11 touchdown receptions, both top-10 marks in school history. As a senior in 2019, he played in 13 games with three starts at Mississippi State and caught 14 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns. #Patriots #NewEnglandPatriots #CamNewton #StephonGilmore #DevinMcCourty #JasonMcCourty #JoshMcDaniels #JCJackson #LawrenceGuy #ChaseWinovich #JoshUche #KyleDugger #JoeThuney #JamesWhite #DamienHarris #JarrettStidham #AdamButler #JJTaylor #DevinAsiasi #DaltonKeene #JulianEdelman #NKealHarry #GunnerOlszewski #DavidAndrews #BillBelichick #isaiahzuber #AFCEast #AFC #NFL

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Zuber has already appeared in three games for the Patriots this season. He has one reception and two runs on jet sweeps with all three plays going for first downs. He’s also made a tackle on special teams.

The Patriots originally signed him as an undrafted free agent, and his athleticism always made him an intriguing asset though his lack of experience in the system could be a concern. He’s been performing well for the practice squad since being recalled after he was initially released, and that has led to his elevations, though two of those instances were related to positive COVID-19 results that left the roster otherwise shorthanded.

Still, I’d love to see him get an extended look on Sunday.


Mason Kinsey or Kristian Wilkerson

Harry is battling the effects of a concussion suffered in the Patriots’ 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week. His status for the Week 8 clash with the Buffalo Bills is up in the air. If he cannot go, the Patriots might need to elevate another player from the practice squad.

If that’s the case, keep an eye on Mason Kinsey and Kristian Wilkerson. Kinsey and Wilkerson were poached from the Tennessee Titans practice squad where they were originally playing for former Patriots linebacker/defensive end and now Titans head coach Mike Vrabel.

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N'Keal Harry has a concussion and might no play vs. the Bills. The Patriots could call someone up from the practice squad, and it might be Mason Kinsey… Kinsey, 22, originally signed with the Tennessee Titans on May 7, 2020, as a rookie free agent out of Berry College. The 5-foot-10, 198-pounder was released by Tennessee on Sept. 5. Kinsey appeared in 43 games with 35 starts over four seasons at Berry and totaled 203 receptions for 3,343 yards and 50 touchdowns, all of which rank first in program history. He started all 11 games as a senior in 2019 and caught 65 passes for 1,221 yards and 16 touchdowns. #Patriots #NewEnglandPatriots #CamNewton #StephonGilmore #DevinMcCourty #JasonMcCourty #JoshMcDaniels #JCJackson #LawrenceGuy #ChaseWinovich #JoshUche #KyleDugger #JoeThuney #JamesWhite #DamienHarris #JarrettStidham #AdamButler #JJTaylor #DevinAsiasi #DaltonKeene #JulianEdelman #NKealHarry #GunnerOlszewski #DavidAndrews #BillBelichick #isaiahzuber #MasonKinsey #AFC #NFL

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Kristian Wilkerson is another potential fill-in player for N'Keal Harry. He has the size and athleticism, though he lacks experience and familiarity with the playbook… Wilkerson, 23 was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans on May 7, 2020, as a rookie free agent out of Southeast Missouri State. The 6-foot-1, 201-pounder also went to training camp with the Titans and was released on Sept. 5. Wilkerson played in 47 games with 43 starts during his collegiate career and registered 219 receptions for 3,540 yards and 33 touchdowns. His reception total, receiving yardage and receiving touchdowns are school records. Last season, Wilkerson started all 13 games and posted 71 receptions for 1,350 yards and 10 touchdowns. #Patriots #NewEnglandPatriots #CamNewton #StephonGilmore #DevinMcCourty #JasonMcCourty #JoshMcDaniels #JCJackson #LawrenceGuy #ChaseWinovich #JoshUche #KyleDugger #JoeThuney #JamesWhite #DamienHarris #JarrettStidham #AdamButler #JJTaylor #DevinAsiasi #DaltonKeene #JulianEdelman #NKealHarry #GunnerOlszewski #DavidAndrews #BillBelichick #isaiahzuber #MasonKinsey #AFC #NFL

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Kinsey has the makings of a dependable and fearless possession receiver with more size and durability than Olszewski, though he’s a little less explosive. Wilkerson has some physical ability, but he also reminds me a bit of Chicago Bears bust Kevin White.

Hopefully, that’s a comparison that will fade if he ever gets a legit opportunity to prove himself.


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