The New England Patriots have been linked to several players and experts believe they can now sign a talented cornerback.
Head coach Bill Belichick faced a big challenge in the offseason. The start of the 2022 NFL season was equally challenging. Belichick had to create a gameplan that doesn’t include Mac Jones and Brian Hoyer. His rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe did a decent job in his two games with the team and Jones will soon return to game action.
Belichick is all-in when it comes to getting top players. His scouts watch every move in the NFL and alert the team every time a good player becomes available.
Patriots have a reason to sign the cornerback
Enter William Jackson III. According to Doug Farrar of Touchdown Wire, the Patriots may be the best destination for the cornerback.
“This is the obvious answer anytime there’s a good man cornerback potentially on the open market, and for good reason,” Farrar wrote. “Bill Belichick and his staff have a long history (of) making the most of man cornerbacks in their schemes — rookie Jack Jones is but the most recent example. Interestingly enough, the Patriots have three cornerbacks this season — Jack, Jonathan, and Marcus — who have played very well in New England’s high rate of man coverage. But as the Patriots have allowed four touchdowns to just one interception in man coverage this season, per Sports Info Solutions, why not add a Jackson to the mix?”
Why would the 29-year-old leave Washington at this point? He has a nice deal with the team. Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo, and Tom Pelissero believe that Jackson would gladly enjoy a fresh start with a new team.
“Sources say the former big-ticket, free-agent cornerback would like a new home, and the Commanders have engaged in trade talks centered around him with hopes of making that happen,” they wrote. “There has been interest in Jackson from several teams, sources say.”
It’s not like Jackson is trying to force his way out of Washington. He doesn’t hate his team or his teammates.
The trio wrote that Jackson is not frustrated with his team. They discussed the fact that Jackson sees himself as a man-to-man cornerback. He joined Washington because he wanted to play “a true lockdown corner.” It didn’t happen. “Now, Jackson could find himself with a new home,” the trio wrote.