Kendrick Bourne saw what Bill Belichick did in the offseason, and made a bold prediction about the Patriots and their 2021 NFL season.
The newly-acquired Patriots wide receiver had his introductory video conference Monday. He believes that the team will contend in 2021. It’s a bold prediction, but Belichick packed with his team with talent, so it’s a rather realistic scenario.
“(The Patriots) are going to turn it around in one year, I can honestly see it,” Bourne said. “The first day in the building, I could feel how natural our connection was between the players — first time meeting each other, it was just natural energy, positive energy. So I feel like it’s going to be an awesome year. I can’t wait.”
Bourne joined the revamped pass-catching unit. Nelson Agholor and tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith will do their best to win. These players joined the team in Belichick’s free agent spending spree. Belichick also got two returning offensive linemen and a group of defensive reinforcements. Tackle Trent Brown and center/guard Ted Karras will help the Patriots win in 2021.
Kendrick Bourne joined the Patriots to win in 2021
Bourne says the new Patriots team will bounce back in no time.
“They’re going to win again,” Bourne said. “That was just a one-year thing, I feel like, so I knew I wanted to be a part of the new era, whatever you want to call it. Just to be picked with a great group of guys by a great organization, it just shows me my potential.
“It’s going to be an awesome year, man. The guys they put around us, the guys they’re bringing in, it’s going to glue well. … If we know what we’re doing exactly, there won’t be many mistakes.”
Will he fit in the Patriots roster? Bourne has great versatility and Belichick likes versatile players. During his time with the San Francisco 49ers, Bourne couldn’t shine because of Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, Emmanuel Sanders, and Brandon Aiyuk. He is coming off a career season in which he caught 49 passes for 667 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games.
“I think my skills will fit the (Patriots’) offense well,” said Bourne. “I can do different things. I’m just here to do what I’m asked to do, so if I’ve got to run the same route 50 times, I’m going to run the same route 50 times, 50 different ways. I just feel like I can do anything. I can run any route. And I’m definitely excited.”