The New England Patriots have been linked with several players and they may soon trade for a superstar WR. There has been too many rumors, and one of them links Julio Jones to the Patriots.
Jeff Schultz of The Athletic reported that “the Atlanta Falcons would like to trade Jones.”
This is an important update as it’s the very first legitimate report out of Atlanta. Well, yes, they are finally willing to move the future Hall-of-Famer.
Patriots would trade for superstar WR
In a recent conversation with NBC Sports, Schultz said that this particular move “would make a lot of sense” for the Patriots.
This may be an understatement. The Patriots may make a few moves to provide more operating space for the upcoming season.
Head coach Bill Belichick added Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry to his tight end unit. He also signed Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. Trent Brown and Isaiah Wynn stand at tackle and David Andrews goes at center. Mike Onwenu and Shaq Mason are also here.
Phil A. Perry from NBC Sports offered an explanation on Jones’ role with the Patriots.
“Now consider what a Jones addition would mean for the group. That would change the equation, not to mention the geometry of the defensive looks Josh McDaniels will be tasked with beating. Suddenly, instead of feeling comfortable with one safety deep to keep an eye on Agholor, defenses may feel as though they need two. That would remove one body from being committed to the running game, which would make it easier for Damien Harris and his blockers to be the bullies Belichick seems to want offensively. No matter who is playing quarterback — Jones could be a security blanket for rookie Mac Jones or a contested-catch monster for Cam Newton — the former Alabama wideout would make his new offense a multi-dimensional passing attack.
“He’d make the Patriots more equipped to force defenses to guard “every blade of grass,” a stated goal of theirs in the past. The cost of acquiring Jones would be significant. But the value he’d bring in allowing the Patriots to adapt week to week — quarter to quarter, even — would be immeasurable.”