Likely Replacement For Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry Identified

Getty Isaiah Zuber

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

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.

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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