Since signing with the Patriots in 2021, Matthew Judon has been very vocal about how much he enjoys being on the team. Whether in interviews, talking to other players on the field, or even on social media, the four-time Pro Bowler is a big fan of New England.
Besides quickly becoming a fan favorite for his on-field performance, his Twitter game has also earned him a lot of praise.
During the 2022 offseason, Judon took to the social media platform to recruit players that were either free agents or said to be on the trade block. He’s continued on that path this offseason, even nearly breaking the internet last week with some “breaking news” he posted regarding a sought-after wide receiver.
The tweet had many people checking the date, assuming it was an early April Fool’s Day joke, and even looking to NFL insiders’ posts to see verification of the news. Unfortunately for Patriots fans, however, DeAndre Hopkins is not on his way to New England, at least not yet.
Earlier the same night, he also replied to a fan’s suggestion that the Patriots make the blockbuster trade for Rams’ cornerback Jalen Ramsey, jokingly replying that he had just spoken to him and Ramsey was on his way to Foxboro.
But the recruiting, or at least declaration of interest in players, doesn’t stop there.
During the NFL combine drills last week, Judon tweeted out his appreciation for cornerback D.J. Turner II out of the University of Michigan. The Patriots are in the market for some help in their secondary, whether via free agency or the draft. With Turner running the fastest 40-yard-dash of all participants in this year’s combine, he may be a player the Patriots should consider selecting.
His latest recruitment is a bit confusing, though.
Judon responded to a tweet sent by Cleveland Cavs’ player Donovan Mitchell, who emphasized a tweet sent by J.J. Watt. The recently retired defensive end expressed his thoughts on Lamar Jackson’s status after receiving a non-exclusive tag from the Ravens earlier in the day.
He responded, “come to the Patriots,” but it’s unclear if he meant this to Mitchell as a joke or if he meant it towards his former teammate Lamar Jackson.
With free agency officially kicking off next Wednesday, we are likely in store for more Judon recruitment tweets. But who will he try to convince next? And will it ever work in the Patriots’ favor?