It seems like, through two days of training camp, the New England Patriots cornerbacks have not have an easy time. Should the team sign a free agent CB?
The departure of JC Jackson in free agency might already be proving itself to be a massive loss. The Patriots cornerbacks have not had the easiest time out there through two days of training camp.
And it isn’t like the Patriots’ offense has an elite, unquestioned WR1, either. Malcolm Butler, for the second day in a row, had a rough go at practice.
Even while serving as a backup to Terrance Mitchell, Butler was apparently beaten twice by Nelson Agholor.
The 32 year old did not play in the 2021 season, but was signed by the Patriots this offseason to help the secondary. After two practices, the team might not be able to rely on Butler in season as much as they originally though.
Jalen Mills and Terrance Mitchell appear to be the favorites to start at cornerback for the team, but the depth after that is questionable.
Perhaps it would be in the team’s benefit to bring a veteran cornerback on the team to perhaps give a much needed boost to this unit.
Being in the AFC East doesn’t help either, as the Patriots’ secondary will see Jaylen Waddle, Tyreek Hill, and Stefon Diggs twice a year. The Jets also have a couple nice receivers in Corey Davis and Garrett Wilson.
The division is loaded with receiving talent, and the Patriots’ cornerback room appears to be, by far, the weakest link on their roster.
Being that there is still time to spare, the Patriots should vet the free agent cornerback market and try to sign one.
There appear to be some reliable options still available to sign, and I think signing one or two of them could end up being a solid idea for the New England Patriots.
Two names that stick out to me are Joe Haden, formerly of the Browns and Steelers, and Kevin King, formerly of the Packers.
King, just 27 years old, was a former second round pick and has started 42 games in his five year career. He’s got 30 career passes broken up and seven interceptions.
There won’t be a big-name free agent out there, but King could very well be a high-end depth piece for the team.
If the team wants someone more experienced, they could sign Joe Haden, a 12 year veteran with 29 career interceptions and 155 passes broken up.
Either way, I think the Patriots need to add a body or two to this unit quickly.