Targeting the receivers

Earning Tom Brady’s trust is no easy feat

The new Patriots receivers face a task that so many have failed at over the past decade: Proving to Brady they’re ready to perform with him.

Why the Patriots offense is so dominant

The Patriots offense has taken on the personality of its chief. Tom Brady’s talent and smarts infect his teammates and carry the team a long way.

How tough is it to be a Patriots receiver?

Why have so many receivers struggled to succeed in New England, where Bill Belichick and Tom Brady place high demands on their wideouts?

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Amendola, signed to replace Wes Welker, missed 20 games the past 2 seasons. But friends say it’s toughness that defines him, not injury history.

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For more than a decade, the Patriots have flopped while drafting wide receivers. So they have big hopes that the 2nd-round pick can step up.

INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC

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The Patriots enter this season without a receiver over the age of 27, which is a big departure from the rest of the Belichick-Tom Brady era.

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Not too long ago in the NFL, receivers were basically bullied by defenders who marginalized most of them. The NFL has gradually adjusted its rules, though, to allow receivers to thrive.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/09/04/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/stallworth_swann2-10444--90x90.jpg 10 best receiving duos in NFL history

Christopher L. Gasper says John Stallworth and Lynn Swann were tops, but Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne from the modern era aren’t too far behind.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/09/04/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/$RMBD1PC.jpg 10 best receivers in the NFL today

In today’s NFL, there’s Calvin Johnson and then there’s everybody else.

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Many fans don’t know of Hutson, who starred for the Packers from 1935-45. But he was the Jerry Rice of an era when passing offense was rare, and many of his records still stand today.

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Calvin Johnson may be the NFL’s best receiver, but he lags far behind Denver’s Eric Decker in being a sure bet to find the end zone.

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For 10 straight years, a team that finished last in its division has won the division the following season. Could Stevie Johnson and the Bills be next?

Analysis: Patriots 2013 schedule

What can the Patriots look forward to this season? Examine the details of their 16-game schedule, with a look back at memorable past matchups against this year’s opponents.

While the cast around him may change, Tom Brady will again be at the center of the Patriots roster in 2013.

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Roster analysis

Meet the 2013 Patriots

This may be the most question-filled roster the Patriots have brought into a new season in several years.

NFC preview: 49ers ready to pick up where they left off

The 49ers were one play away from winning the Super Bowl, and there’s little reason to think Colin Kaepernick & Co. won’t compete for another trip there.

Wes Welker  adds a new layer of depth to Peyton Manning’s Broncos offense.

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AFC preview: Broncos look like favorites

Adding Wes Welker has given Peyton Manning and the Broncos an air of confidence that they could ride all the way to the Super Bowl.

PREDICTIONS

Globe picks for 2013 NFL season

Our football staffers make their picks for the 2013 season.

Patriots schedule

Week 1: at Buffalo , 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 2: vs. NY Jets, 8:25 p.m. (NFLN/Thursday)
Week 3: vs. Tampa, 1 p.m. (Fox)
Week 4: at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Week 5: at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 6: vs. New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. (Fox)
Week 7: at NY Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 8: vs. Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 9: vs. Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: at Carolina, 8:40 p.m. (ESPN/Monday)
Week 12: vs. Denver, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Week 13: at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 14: vs. Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 15: at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Week 16: at Baltimore, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Week 17: vs. Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

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INTERACTIVE DATABASE

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Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_neden5_spts-10061-13863--90x90.jpg An ugly end in Denver

Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.

More NFL preview

Bill Belichick is entering his 14th season as the Patriots head coach.

Sports Media

CBS analysts still high on the Patriots

NFL experts for the TV network that is home to most of the Patriots’ games say they expect them to be a contender for the Super Bowl again.