The New England Patriots are ready to regain some of their players in the offseason. Eight players opted-out of the 2020 NFL season due to coronavirus concerns. New England was heavily impacted by opt-outs and the result was more than obvious. The Patriots missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade, and it was bad. Cam Newton played under center and head coach Bill Belichick had to replace some of these players with other options.
The absences had an impact on the Patriots’ performance in 2020. Dont’a Hightower was out. Marc Cannon was out. Patrick Chung was out, too. Each of these players had a key role on the Patriots roster. Belichick relied on their talent and skills and they all helped the team win more games.
Patriots players are ready to win
Recent reports reveal that the most important players who were part of the opt-out squad are coming back this season. Ian Rapoport was among the first to confirm it.
Each of these players is in a good shape. They all want to play and win games with the Patriots.
“Free agency hasn’t started, but the #Patriots are already getting some reinforcements. Their key opt-outs from 2020 — including LB Dont’a Hightower, S Patrick Chung, and OT Marcus Cannon — are planning to be back for 2021, sources say. Physically, all are in a good place.”
Let’s see how will the Patriots handle the upcoming season. The Patriots head coach will have to make some big moves and get all the players he needs to fill up the empty spots. First, he needs a quarterback. The Patriots will need to find their franchise quarterback. There’s still a chance for Newton to go under center again. The Patriots may get another big name, too. They may trade for a veteran or may get one in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Patriots lost several players this past season. Tom Brady was the biggest loss for the team. Some of the players left the team in free agency. Belichick will work with a great group in 2021.