A six-pack of notes and observations after watching a week’s worth of Patriots training camp practices and trying to pick the 53-man roster. By our overly conservative estimate, 38 spots are locked up, leaving 52 players battling for 15 spots:
1. The wide receiver competition is clearly the No. 1 battle to watch as Tom Brady searches for his new favorite targets. This seems like an “all hands on deck” year when the Patriots keep six receivers, plus a couple more on the practice squad. Who knows if the rookies can handle the rigors of a 16-game season, plus playoffs?