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Julian Edelman, N’Keal Harry banged up at Patriots training camp

The Patriots are dealing with some receiver injuries in training camp. We break down the news around Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry.

Julian Edelman celebrates with N’Keal Harry of the New England Patriots after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

The New England Patriots are into their first week of padded practice, and they’re already shorthanded at the wide receiver position. N’Keal Harry has been absent two straight days at training camp and Julian Edelman has been sidelined by something midway through the week.

This is problematic for a couple reasons. The first is those two are the top receivers on the Patriots depth chart. Mohamed Sanu and Damiere Byrd are among those who move up with the injuries, but it hurts the team’s depth.

The second issue is what it means for the quarterback competition. Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham, and Brian Hoyer are competing for the starting role, and playing with a less than optimal receiver corps does not help matters. It hurts the caliber of pass catcher across the board, and means more reps for further sub-par players.

Edelman’s ADP s currently 33rd among wide receivers and 82nd overall. Harry’s ADP is 59th among receivers and 155th overall. Sanu is 84th among receivers and this could result in a modest bump for him until we know more about the status of Edelman and Harry.