The Boston sports media has earned a reputation over the years for not being the kindest to the teams they cover and tend to be much more pessimistic than the average fan. That attitude continues even during training camp; this year is no exception.
Besides their loudly voiced disappointment with Bill Belichick's failed pursuit of signing DeAndre Hopkins, the continued disdain toward the wide receivers the Patriots do have has become tiresome.
To an extent, it's understandable, given that they appear not to have that clear WR1 who instills fear into opposing defenses. But at the same time, it's only training camp. We have no idea what this offense will look like come September, October, November, etc.
But in the eyes of many media members and even fans, unfortunately, there's nothing to be excited about, and what we've seen from the receivers in camp so far is enough to write them off already.
That was a point that the newest addition to the Boston Sports Journal, Mike Giardi, hammered home last week when asked about his observations of the receiving corps at training camp so far. He didn't exactly mince words and went so far as suggesting the Patriots may not have any WR1s, WR2s, or even real WR3s.
His opinion would likely bring out a lot of opinions from Patriots fans, some of which probably agree with his assessment. But his comments were definitely heard by some of the receivers, with Kendrick Bourne letting him know that he was one of them on Sunday.
When speaking to the media after the latest training camp practice, Bourne ended his availability by saying, "stink, stank and stunk" before walking off.
It was the perfect way to acknowledge what had been said without giving it too much credibility. It's well known that the Patriots are used to utilizing negativity to motivate them on the field, calling it "bulletin board material," and this has to be the latest addition to that wall.
To be fair, since Giardi shared his brutal take, the offense has looked much better. But they would have, since much of the start of camp, they were being asked to run some of the most complex red zone drills they can practice. Not many teams in the league would have looked outstanding at that point.
But the point remains, and Bourne's pettiness is definitely warranted.