New England Patriots fans are up in arms amid the team’s underwhelming offseason. While rival fans are soaking it all up, even they can understand where Patriots Nation’s grief is coming from.
Coming off a 10-win season and their first playoff appearance in two years, you’d think Bill Belichick and Co. would have incentive to make upgrades. Instead, the Patriots are oozing complacency, which is alarming considering Buffalo mopped the floor with them in the playoffs.
How inactive has New England been? Well, Matt Judon has seemingly shown more effort in recruiting big-ticket free agents to Foxborough than the front office. Thus far, the star pass rusher has tweeted at the likes of Bobby Wagner, Allen Robinson, Josh Gordon and Malcom Butler.
It’s pretty obvious Judon has an eye for talent, but there’s only so much one player can do in the recruiting department.
Clearly aware of this, recently-acquired linebacker Mack Wilson joined Judon in helping the Patriots recruit free agents. His main target? That would be former Browns teammate Odell Beckham Jr.
Newly-minted Patriots linebacker Mack Wilson is trying to get Odell Beckham Jr. to join New England.
That’s what we like to see! Judon can’t do everything by himself and the Pats’ front office seemingly can’t be bothered to poach a star free agent, so Wilson might as well shoot his shot with OBJ, right?
Before Beckham was signed by the Rams, he and Wilson played more than two seasons together in Cleveland.
Recruiting the best WR left on the open market is certainly one way to endear yourself to Patriots fans, who will love hearing that Mac Jones – based on his recent Twitter activity – would sign off on the idea of Beckham joining New England.
As pointed out by Patriots reporter Mike Reiss of ESPN, the second-year quarterback liked Wilson’s tweet at OBJ.
While Jones managed just fine with New England’s current assortment of receivers as a rookie, even he understands the need to add an elite pass-catcher to keep up with the ever-improving AFC. Anything less on the front office’s part would be asking to finish as a wild card team next season, at best.
If Judon, Wilson, who hasn’t been with the team for two weeks since he was included in the trade that sent Chase Winovich to Cleveland, and Jones are lobbying for the Patriots to sign star free agents, why haven’t Belichick and the front office complied?
Maybe they have their sights set on drafting a WR with the No. 21 overall pick? While that would help, asking a rookie to transform what is undeniably a middling unit feels like an unnecessary risk.
Whatever the case, it seems like Wilson won’t have much trouble, if any, adapting to the Patriot Way.