The New England Patriots will have to repair some of the damage they caused in 2019. The team made some mistakes on offense. There are a few holes to fill, and Patriots will have to find themselves a few new players. It looks like they have a few options. The Patriots may reach to the Baltimore Ravens and ask for a tight end. Is there an option for a trade? Of course.
Eugene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union reported that the Patriots and Jacksonville Jaguars consider potential swaps for Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst.
Hurst played for the most
run-heavy offense in the league. He was
able to catch just 43 career passes for 512 yards and three touchdowns
since being drafted 25th overall in 2018. He and fellow Ravens tight end Mark
Andrews each saw 457
offensive snaps this past season. However, Andrews saw more action in the passing game. He caught 64 passes for 852 yards and 10 touchdowns to
Hurst’s 30 receptions for 349 yards and two scores.
Nick Boyle was the
best tight end Baltimore had when it comes to snaps played (769). However,
he was mostly used as a blocker for quarterback Lamar Jackson and running backs
Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards.
Numbers suggest that these three players were far more productive pass-catchers than any Patriots tight end. Ben Watson, Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo caught just 36 passes for 418 yards and two touchdowns in 2019.
Will the Ravens show interest in sending a tight end to the Patriots?
Rob Gronkowski left the team last offseason, and they weren’t able to find a good replacement. It’s hard to replace the big Gronk.
LaCosse and Izzo are the only players under contract for 2020. New England will probably add a few tight ends this offseason. They can do that through free agency, trade or the 2020 NFL Draft. We don’t know if the Baltimore Ravens would be interested in doing business with the Patriots. Baltimore was the AFC’s top seed this past season, so things won’t go that easy for head coach Bill Belichick. It’s like sending a superstar to the rival. Let’s see how will things go for New England now.