The New England Patriots traded for DeVante Parker early in the offseason and also selected Tyquan Thornton in the 2022 NFL Draft. Nelson Agholor looked good in training camp and the Patriots still have Jonnu Smith, Kendrick Bourne, and the rest of the guys who can do a wonderful job in 2022. Well, Bill Belichick is not done making changes. The Patriots head coach made a move to sign former Saints WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey. The talented player will get a one-year deal with the team.
Humphrey will turn into a top option for the Patriots. Mac Jones established an excellent connection with Parker and he works well with Bourne and other players on the roster. We have a few good reasons to believe that Jones won’t have issues bonding with the newly-signed Patriots WR.
Patriots sign Saints WR to add depth to the unit
In the first stage of his NFL career, the 24-year-old had 16 receptions for 295 yards and three touchdowns. In his two playoff games with the Saints, Humphrey delivered one catch for 14 yards. He spent some time on practice and active squads, but coaches can really benefit from his potential. In 2021, Humphrey replaced Michael Thomas and showed great potential. Humphrey hit 13 of his 16 receptions in games he started.
In his junior season, Humphrey had 86 receptions for 1,176 yards and nine touchdowns. He made the 2019 NFL Draft, but didn’t have a chance to be selected. His numbers didn’t look well at the NFL Combine either. He ran 4.75 40-yard dash, but most NFL teams wanted better than that.
Humphrey joins Thornton, Meyers, Bourne, Parker, Agholor, N’Keal Harry, Malcolm Perry, Kristian Wilkerson, and Tre Nixon.
Harry’s situation is a bit awkward and he didn’t even show up for voluntary OTAs. The struggling wide receiver was nothing but a failure for the team. Belichick selected him in the first round, but Harry didn’t use the opportunity. He struggled to make an impact and his health issues kept him away from the field for a long time.
The Patriots receiving unit is pretty packed and Belichick will use his best receivers in the upcoming season.