According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, there appears to be some optimism that the Patriots can manage to sign DeAndre Hopkins during his visit with the team this week. Could DeAndre Hopkins' free agent frenzy only last a couple of weeks?
Is Bill Belichick ready to breakout the check book to sign an elite wide receiver? That's what the momentum appears to be indicating, at least according to Jeff How of The Athletic, who notes that there is "optimism" that the Patriots can ink Hopkins to a contract during his visit with the team this week.
This would be a massive, massive move for the Patriots that would easily put a giant, red bow on their offseason. In what could one of the most important offseasons in team history, the Pats have made some positive strides. Signing JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mike Gesicki to help the offense were great moves.
Bringing in Bill O'Brien has the offensive coordinator was perhaps one of the more underrated moves by any team this offseason, and adding players like Christian Gonzalez and Keion White to the defense gives that unit a sense of being
The New England Patriots have been linked to DeAndre Hopkins ever since his release from the Arizona Cardinals, and the interest reported has clearly been true. While Hopkins signing with the Patriots might not make a ton of sense, the organization is well-run and sports a good defense, which are things that Hopkins has outlined as his desires for a new team.
There actually is a lot that makes sense for the two parties, and I think the fit would be seamless. Smith-Schuster plays best as a WR2 in the offense and Hopkins is obviously a WR1 talent. That would take a ton of pressure off of the other WRs in the room, so maybe they'll produce more as well.
The WR room with the addition of Hopkins coupled with the nasty TE duo of Hunter Henry and Mike Gesicki and an elite running back in Rhamondre Stevenson gives the Patriots one of the more complete offenses in the entire NFL.