Is this season over, yet?
The New England Patriots of 2023 are getting difficult to watch. There isn't a whole lot to get excited about going into the tail end of this year and thinking about next season, and fans are justifiably frustrated.
In a season that could be Bill Belichick's last as head coach, and going into an offseason of uncertainty at quarterback, there is a lot to unpack in the coming months.
Speaking of the quarterback position, the Patriots have to figure that out, and fast. Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe don't look a bit like the future at the position. With that said, there should be three specific targets for New England come the offseason -- and a couple of guys to avoid.
Target: Caleb Williams, 2024 NFL Draft
Here's the deal. The Patriots currently sit at the no. 2 spot in the draft, and if they end in the top three, then they have to make a move for the no. 1 selection and take USC's Caleb Williams. It's that simple. Drake Maye would also be a viable option, but let's do things big and do them the right way, here, shall we?
Williams is still far and away the best quarterback in this draft. Despite having somewhat of a down season (and, for the record, Maye has also had a down year) Williams has still shown everything you want in an NFL starter on the field. His uncanny ability to extend plays and make something out of nothing is reminiscent of a Patrick Mahomes type.
He's proven he can make big time throws. He's proven he can throw with anticipation. He's proven to have elite escapability and being able to throw on the run. Williams is as close as you can get to a sure thing in this draft, and the Patriots would be all the wiser to go all-in on him.