The New England Patriots wanted to sign DeAndre Hopkins, but his new deal with the Tennessee Titans will actually force the team to focus on a soaring wide receiver. Who could that be?
Hopkins was a top priority for the Patriots and he really wanted to join the team. However, the Titans made a better offer and the wide receiver dropped a decision. Doug Kyed from AtoZ Sports was the first to report that Hopkins will play with the Titans. Ian Rapoport from NFL Network noted that Hopkins will probably ink a two-year deal worth about $32 million.
David Kenyon from Bleacher Report says that Tyquan Thornton will be a breakout candidate for the Patriots. He is entering his second season with the team and NFL teams have high expectations from him. According to Kenyon, Bill O’Brien’s hiring will send the talented wide receiver “soaring past DeVante Parker and Kendrick Bourne in target share.”
Patriots have high expectations from the soaring wide receiver
The Patriots would be happy to get a monster performance from Thornton. Losing Hopkins is a big blow for the team, but O’Brien and Belichick have a great player to rely on.
Thornton joined the Patriots as a strong wide receiver option for the team. However, he suffered a collarbone injury in the preseason and missed the first four games of the regular season. He had flashes of great performance throughout the season. Kenyon said that the wide receiver “flashed his upside with a two-touchdown outing in his second appearance as a rookie.”
Belichick likes versatile players and Thornton is definitely one of a kind.
The new development of events will put Thornton at the No.1 position at wide receiver. He measures at 6’3’’ and 182 pounds, meaning he can attack defenses just like Hopkins.
In his rookie campaign, Thornton played 118 snaps in the slot and O’Brien can work with this number.
New England has enough talent to work with in the 2023 season. Let’s see what happens in training camp. Maybe Belichick will switch a few players to make things work better for the team.