The New England Patriots will need to get several players to fill in the holes on the active roster. Head coach Bill Belichick needs to add more weapons to his game. He will go big in the 2021 NFL Draft and he is also expected to trade for big names. But, Belichick may use some of his current players and give them a bigger role. There are several Patriots players buried on the offensive depth chart. They didn’t get a chance to impress coaches in the regular season. One wide receiver attracted the attention of NFL experts in his rookie season.
Patriots wide receiver Kristian Wilkerson has a bright future in the NFL. Starters practice in Foxborough and it would be decent to wonder if this is the best methodology if it hadn’t led to six Super Bowl wins in the last two decades. However, starters receive almost every single team practice rep each week. Backups and practice unit players are relegated to scout teams.
Patriots to keep the wide receiver after his rookie campaign
Veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu discussed the Patriots’ practice approach. He couldn’t help but wonder if it resulted in fatigue and injuries.
Last season, Jakobi Meyers was deep down the receiving depth chart. He didn’t see action until Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry sustained injuries. Meyers didn’t play much in the first six weeks of the regular season, but he became the best receiver by the end of the year.
The receiving unit was rough beyond Meyers in 2020. Wilkerson and players like him didn’t get many opportunities. They didn’t provide an upgrade in practice or regular-season games. The Patriots elevated Wilkerson for one game, but he saw just a couple of snaps.
The Patriots have Wilkerson, and that’s an excellent opportunity for the team. He received plenty of outside interest in the regular season. He did stay loyal to the Patriots.
Wilkerson measures at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds with a 4.50-second 40-yard dash, 1.45-second 10-yard split, 6.68-second three-cone drill, 4.09-second short shuttle, 10-feet, 8-inch broad jump, and 39.5-inch vertical leap.