In one of the more major offseason moves this year, Bill Belichick decided to move on from Jakobi Meyers and sign JuJu Smith-Schuster, which has caused a lot of debate.
Most of the reactions to the signing were not so critical of Smith-Schuster necessarily, but more questioning the choice of paying him over a homegrown talent like Meyers, especially after the details of their contracts were revealed.
However, some did feel the move was not much of an upgrade, if at all, and would rather have Meyers back in New England instead of experimenting with another young receiver.
No matter what side of the argument you're on, Belichick has made it clear he is a fan of Smith-Schuster even before he signed with the team. And although we haven't seen him on the field during media-attended OTAs yet, his performance appears to be already making a good impression on Belichick.
When speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Belichick spoke highly of what he's seen so far from the newest receiver, even though his comments were short and sweet.
"It’s been great. He’s great to work with. Smart kid, a lot of leadership, a lot of experience. It’s been good."
This isn't the first positive reaction regarding Smith-Schuster we've heard this week, as Mac Jones also shared his take on his teammate, proclaiming the two have already "hit it off" since working together.
With just two OTA practice sessions remaining this offseason on Thursday and Friday, hopefully, we will get a chance to see Smith-Schuster in action on the field. Even if it's not competitive at this point in the offseason, getting a hint of what's to come from Bill O'Brien and the Patriots' projected WR1 would be incredible and provide even more excitement for upcoming training camp.
But until that possibly happens, we'll just have to rely on the positive words of Belichick and Jones and go from there.