Patriots: 3 positions NE should feel more confident in than 2020
By Jerry Trotta
2. Wide Receiver/Tight End
It’s not a stretch to say the Patriots had the worst pass-catching arsenal in the NFL last year, as former undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers ultimately emerged as their leading receiver.
We obviously don’t mean that as a slight to Meyers, who deserves to play a prominent role and looks like another undrafted gem for New England. However, his emergence was unforeseen and he was arguably the worst No. 1 option of any team in the league.
Clearly aware that this wasn’t sustainable, the Pats went out and overhauled their wide receiver and tight end positions by signing Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith, all of whom will serve as upgrades compared to the 2020 roster.
The Patriots’ pass-catching situation looks a lot better than it did in 2020.
While Agholor and Bourne would be second or third (maybe fourth?) options on a championship team, the fact that New England now has two borderline elite tight end options in Henry and Smith suggests the new WR duo won’t have to carry a big workload.
Whatever the case, we’ll take a WR/TE unit of Agholor, Bourne, Meyers, Henry and Smith over a group composed of Meyers, an injured Julian Edelman, a confidence-zapped N’Keal Harry, Ryan Izzo, Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene any day of the week.