The New England Patriots faced too many obstacles in 2020. It was a challenging season for the team. First, Tom Brady left the team in free agency and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Several other players left the team to go somewhere else. As if this wasn’t enough, eight players decided to opt-out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 concerns. Some of these players had a key role on the Patriots roster. Their absence was felt. Patriots players needed their star teammates. The result was more than obvious. New England missed the playoffs. Things will change next season and the Patriots will enter 2021 with a different roster.
Patriots to enter 2021 with packed roster
According to recent reports, the Patriots will have their opt-outs back on the field in 2021. No NFL team faced as many opt-outs for the 2020 season as Bill Belichick’s team. Dont’a Hightower, Patrick Chung, and Marcus Cannon were out. They had a key role on the roster and Belichick needed them to win games.
Three of these players will come back in 2021. Jim McBride from The Boston Globe reported that every Patriots opt-out from 2020 will join the team next season. That’s more than great news for every Patriots fan out there.
Hightower, Chung, and Cannon weren’t the only player to sit out the season. Running back/special teams ace Brandon Bolden, tight end Matt LaCosse, fullback Danny Vitale, wide receiver Marqise Lee and offensive lineman Najee Toran all missed 2020. Bolden and Lee will be back, too.
The Patriots may decide to cut some of these players to boost their roster. They will also need to rebuild the roster following the disappointing season.
Patriots safety and captain Devin McCourty said he was expecting all of the opt outs to join the team in 2021.
The Patriots have plenty of cap space for 2021. Head coach Belichick has enough money to cover up his needs and bring the players his team needs. The Patriots have to boost the offense, and they also need some talented receivers.