There’s been loads of hoopla surrounding the New England Patriots and a possible run at disgruntled Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. After all, Robert Kraft himself famous that rapper Meek Mill reached out to him to specific Jackson’s need to finish up in Foxborough. While imagining what New England would appear like with a Lamar Jackson-Bill Belichick pairing is engaging, the staff is reportedly not within the working for the previous league MVP. Instead, they seem set to double down with Mac Jones.
The Boston Sports Journal has reported that New England is actively attempting so as to add extra weapons round Jones and the staff holds the assumption that with these added weapons — together with new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien — he’ll rise to the event.
This path ahead centered round Jones — which Kraft is alleged to be absolutely in assist of — is an try and mirror what the Philadelphia Eagles have achieved with Jalen Hurts and the Miami Dolphins with Tua Tagovailoa. Both of these groups added a real No. 1 vast receiver into their offense (A.J. Brown and Tyreek Hill) final offseason and noticed a noticeable increase in manufacturing from their respective signal-callers. Hurts turned himself into an MVP-caliber quarterback and had Philly within the Super Bowl, whereas Tagovailoa led the NFL in passer ranking.
Of course, the duty now for the Patriots is to seek out that difference-making vast receiver. This newest report stated the staff continues to be concerned in commerce talks round Broncos vast receiver Jerry Jeudy and Arizona wideout DeAndre Hopkins and that issues might warmth up in these pursuits nearer to the NFL Draft.
Hopkins has been a well-liked commerce goal amongst followers in New England, and the receiver has just lately been given permission by the Cardinals to talk with groups a couple of commerce. In the previous, Belichick has spoken glowingly about Hopkins’ skillset and even stated “he is each bit nearly as good as anyone I’ve ever coached towards.” Given that admiration, one would assume that Belichick would inquire now that he is on the block, particularly if the asking value is beginning to lower with no suitors elsewhere stepping as much as purchase him.
As for Jeudy, there’s already a built-in relationship with Jones going again to their days at Alabama. The two frolicked as roommates collectively when Jones was a freshman and performed collectively in 2019 when Jones was a redshirt sophomore. Given that relationship and Jeudy’s age (shall be 24 at the beginning of subsequent season), there is a case to be made that he needs to be checked out as the perfect goal over Hopkins. That stated, the reported asking value for him is larger, as Denver is alleged to be searching for a first-round choose in return.
New England has already made some waves in free company by including former Chiefs receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and ex-Dolphins tight finish Mike Gesicki, however a splash like both Hopkins or Jeudy could also be sufficient to have this offense not solely shifting in the precise route however truly being a feared unit within the AFC.
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