Pharaoh Brown is the Patriots best tight end right now
Would you ever have thought coming into the 2023 season that a New England tight end would be ranked number one overall in the league by PFF?
And what if you were told that the player was not Mike Gesicki or Hunter Henry? Would you believe it?
Probably not, but it is the truth. Pharaoh Brown, the under-the-radar secret weapon for Mac Jones, so far this season, has been ranked the best at the position in the league through seven weeks, topping Travis Kelce but over four points.
Of course, their workloads are significantly different, as Kelce continues to be Patrick Mahomes' number-one go-to for the Chiefs every week. However, it's still quite an impressive feat for Brown to have achieved from his limited usage this season.
As one of the later signings before opening weekend, Brown has unexpectedly become one of the breakout stars on offense and is on the path to having the best season of his six-year career, even though he's only caught passes in three games so far.
That's definitely noteworthy, but it's what he's done with his opportunities that has been the most exciting.
During his time on the field against the Jets, Raiders, and Bills, Brown has caught 5/5 receptions for 137 and a (58-yard) touchdown, averaging 27.4 yards per catch. He's been everything the offense has needed and more, becoming the instant boost to get them back on track and down the field, which has been a pleasant yet unforeseen surprise to start the year.
It will be interesting to see if his usage will be increased and if he will be able to maintain the performance that we've seen from him thus far as the season continues.