New England Patriots Are Tanking For Trevor Lawrence
The New England Patriots are tanking for Trevor Lawrence, and they are no longer trying to be sly about it.
Earlier this year, Tom Brady departed the only franchise he has known over the course of his two-decade NFL career for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His exit left a gaping hole at the quarterback position for the Patriots. Initially it was presumed to be filled by Jarrett Stidham. Now it looks like it Cam Newton may take it.
Either way – both men are a far cry from Brady.
In addition, on Tuesday morning linebacker Don’t’a Hightower revealed that he would opt out of the looming NFL season due to Covid-19 concerns.
By doing so, Hightower became the fifth Patriots player to commit to sitting out. Running back Brandon Bolden, offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, fullback Danny Vitale and offensive lineman Najee Toran are also planning to sit out.
Shortly after Hightower made his announcement, a conspiracy theory began to trend on Twitter. That theory? New England is holding out its top talents in order to draft Lawrence in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Bill Belichick like “ Sign Cam Newton but still have half of the roster opt out of the season to Tank for Trevor Lawrence”
😆 😆 pic.twitter.com/wgq8t7RASq
— Jon T. (@time2shine7_) July 28, 2020
Bill Belichick walking to the podium to draft Trevor Lawrence next year after his entire team opts out of the season. Just brilliant pic.twitter.com/oDDZETjv4q
— RJ Choppy (@rjchoppy) July 28, 2020
Lawrence is entering his junior season with Clemson this year, and he has been considered one of the best quarterback prospects in recent history ever since his freshman season.
While it remains to be seen if New England will actually be bad enough next year to earn the No. 1 seed in the 2021 Draft, if they ultimately do achieve the feat, them nabbing Lawrence is a foregone conclusion.
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