Patriots Veteran Shuts Down Talk Of Signing A No. 1 WR, ‘I Am That Guy’

The New England Patriots didn’t have much success in the 2022 NFL season. Some say they should reshape the entire roster and get rid of players who failed to do their job this past season. Others believe head coach Bill Belichick should sign a No.1 receiver. Well, a Patriots veteran believes that Belichick has found his top WR.

Patriots Instagram fan account Gillette Nation shared the player grade for DeVante Parker and the caption says it all.

“I know people are clamoring for a top-tier wideout for Mac Jones, but I really do think Parker can be that guy. He showed signs of being the deep threat that the Patriots needed in his first season here, averaging 17.4 yards per catch. Capped off by a fantastic season finale in Buffalo, Parker can certainly add an element to this offense when healthy, so whoever the new OC is needs to scheme some more deep concepts and some more 1-on-1 matchups for Vante.”

Parker took notice of the post and delivered an expected response.

“I am that guy,” the Patriots wide receiver wrote.

The Patriots got Parker early in the offseason. Everyone had high expectations from him, but the veteran WR didn’t have the best start of the season.

Parker had just one game with more than 100 yards receiving. He has just one year remaining on his deal with the Patriots. He will earn $5.7 million in 2023.

Another Patriots veteran may be the No.1 WR for the team

Jakobi Meyers stole the spotlight in the last two seasons. The talented veteran led the Patriots in receptions in 2021 and ranked behind Rhamondre Stevenson in 2022. Unfortunately, Meyers missed some time due to injuries. The Patriots had to play without him in three games.

There’s one major catch though. Meyers will enter free agency in the offseason. If the team doesn’t give him a good deal, they will probably use Tyquan Thornton.

Belichick has enough time to strengthen his receiving unit. Let’s see what happens in the offseason. The Patriots didn’t get the best receivers on the market and they may consider changing their approach this time.