The Patriots enter the 2013 season with a receiving corps that is largely different from the weapons Tom Brady had last year. Gone from the roster are players who accounted for 91 percent of the catches from Brady by receivers in 2012.

In their place are free-agent addition Danny Amendola who missed 20 games the past two seasons to injuries; Josh Boyce Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins all rookies; and holdovers Matthew Slater (1 catch in 2012) and Julian Edelman (21 catches in 2012).

Traditionally grasping the Patriots offense is something that has been difficult for receivers. Take a look at some of the high and low points of the receiving corps in recent years:

Veterans who made it work with Tom Brady

David Patten

Signed as free agent (April 2001)

Four seasons with Patriots (165 catches)

A member of three Super Bowl-winning squads Patten spent the prime of his career with the Patriots and had three of his four most productive seasons. He established career highs of 61 catches for 824 yards in 2002 and averaged 15.2 yards per catch with New England.

Reche Caldwell

Signed as free agent (March 2006)

One season with Patriots (61 catches)

In 16 games receiving passes from Brady Caldwell more than doubled his previous season’s output with San Diego. He led the Patriots in catches and receiving yards (760) and tied for the team lead with four scoring grabs. He was a late cut just before the 2007 season.