Patriots: 3 players who are already proving they won’t be back in 2022
The New England Patriots are off to a 3-4 start after seven weeks of the NFL season. The offseason excitement that was generated by a big free agency spending spree and the selection of a first-round quarterback has quickly been zapped, as the team is at risk of facing their second consecutive losing season (let’s face it, two wins over the Jets doesn’t have anyone overly excited).
A majority of New England’s loses have been close, and some players have had performances that give fans hope.
Whether it’s been J.C. Jackson emerging as a true No. 1 cornerback or Mac Jones proving that he is ready for the pros, numerous Patriots players have shown that this team has talent.
Conversely, some players have had some very uninspiring performances so far this year. Between injuries, inconsistencies, and just flat-out poor play, some members on the roster have yet to prove themselves reliable for this season and, because of that, it may end up being their last season in Foxborough.
As frequently stated, the NFL is a business and players are always being evaluated. After six games, some players aren’t passing their evaluations and the clock is beginning to tick on their time in New England. If they don’t turn things around in the remaining 10 games, this will likely be the last time you see them in a Patriots jersey.
3 players who are already proving they won’t be back in 2022
3. N’Keal Harry
N’Keal Harry, the 2019 first-round pick for the Patriots, has had a rocky time in New England to start his career. From injuries to underwhelming play to a trade request before this season, Harry ultimately had his best camp with the team ahead of this year, sparking intrigue for his third season. That momentum came to a halt when Harry injured his shoulder in the preseason and opened the year on injured reserve.
After missing the first three games, Harry returned in Week 4 and has contributed very little since. In his four appearances, he has been targeted five times and has three receptions for 47 yards.
This is just the latest installment of disappointing play from Harry in his time with New England. He has flashed his talent on numerous occasions, but he and the team have been unsuccessful in unlocking his full potential. With one season left on his contract, it’s likely the Patriots explore his trade request and look to give him a fresh start somewhere else.
With the NFL trade deadline on Nov. 2 approaching, it’s possible Harry may not finish the year with New England.