The New England Patriots made some big moves in the offseason and head coach Bill Belichick has a few more ideas on his desk. The Patriots have to improve their offense. This will probably make them trade some of the players on the current roster and the Patriots could part ways with one playmaker.
Bill Barnwell from ESPN was among the first to discuss the potential departure of wide receivers DeVante Parker or Kendrick Bourne. They didn’t have the best performance last season and Belichick won’t think twice before sending them somewhere else. These two have yet to earn the third spot on the receiving unit behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and Tyquan Thornton.
“Parker and Bourne don’t play special teams in New England, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they were competing for a roster spot in camp,” wrote Barnwell. “Given how Bourne fell out of favor with the organization last season, I wonder whether the Patriots would consider moving him for help elsewhere, like possible offensive line depth. Bourne is making a reasonable $5.5 million in 2023, none of which is guaranteed. Could he end up somewhere like Houston, especially if John Metchie III — who is expected to return after missing 2022 with leukemia — doesn’t start the season on the active roster?”
Patriots could trade their playmaker to make room for another player
Belichick selected several great players in the 2023 NFL Draft. However, he didn’t get a tackle and experts dropped several predictions about his next moves. The Patriots will be super busy in the next period, hoping to find all the missing pieces for their puzzle. One thing stands for sure, Belichick has to get a tackle and improve this position. Keep in mind that both Trent Brown and Riley Reiff have a year left on their contract with the team.
The Patriots had an average result in 2022 and lost the chance to compete for a title again. Let’s hope they won’t make the same mistakes this season. The quarterback topic is still open, remember? Mac Jones could lose his starting job to Bailey Zappe or someone else. Yes, Belichick has to make a few big decisions in the next couple of months.