Patriots Prepare To Sign Big Offensive Star
The Patriots are preparing to sign a big offensive star.
New England is expected to be very aggressive in free agency regardless of whether quarterback Tom Brady returns or not.
Brady has made it no secret that he felt like the team was lacking offensively this past season.
Whether he is the starting quarterback or not, changes will need to be made.
One of those changes will no doubt be making improvements at the tight end position.
With Rob Gronkowski at tight end, New England had one of the league’s most explosive offensive attacks. As soon as he retired, that all changed.
One way the Patriots could return to form is to bring in someone similar to fill the void.
According to ESPN NFL insider Mike Reiss, the New England may take a close look at either Pro Bowler Austin Hooper or Los Angeles Chargers star Hunter Henry.
“Whether it’s making a run at one of the top free agents (such as Hunter Henry or Austin Hooper) or devoting notable resources in the draft, the Patriots will make a hard push at the position similar to in 2010, when they drafted Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez and transformed their offense,” he wrote.
“While some analysts say this year’s draft isn’t strong at tight end, seeing the success of George Kittle (49ers, fifth round) and Travis Kelce (Chiefs, third round) serves up a reminder that there are always hidden gems to be found.”
This past season Henry recorded 652 yards on 55 receptions. Hooper, meanwhile, amassed 787 yards and six scores on 75 catches for the Atlanta Falcons.
Regardless of which one of these guys New England ultimately signs, the offense will be way better in 2020-21 than it was last year.