After selecting 10 players in the 2020 NFL Projectand then agreeing to the terms of 14 novice-free agents, the New England Patriots & # 39; list looks very different than last week. The biggest question, however, remains at the very top: is Jarrett Stidham ready to take the reins in the quarterback?
The draft choice for the fourth round of 2019 was undoubtedly the biggest winner of the draft weekend, when the Patriots passed away not only Jordan Love in number 23, but also in all other defenders of the draft. This further paved the way for a job at QB1, although coach Bill Belichick did not just hand him over. Stidham will still have to double what he did in the preseason, when Belichick ignored him Brian Hoyer for important work number 2.
As for what Stidham can do, there are more blind spots because he just didn't have the opportunity. And this is where the intrigue is for what is to come for the Patriots, as their list of 90 players has taken shape (* = newbie).
Patriots usually take only three quarterbacks, because there are only too many snaps to go around. But in an off-season where all learning is virtual, it’s easier to add a fourth player, who also evokes memories of 2000, when the fourth quarterback behind Drew Bledsoe, John Friesz and Michael Bishop was a young man named Tom Brady.
Running Backs (6)
From top to bottom, this is potentially the best group of positions in the attack. A competition between Michel and Harris for first place could bring out the best in both runners, while Taylor – an unbroken free agent from Arizona – will be an interesting player to watch from a Dion Lewistype of perspective (smaller player facing more likely to stay).
The Patriots use the position as much as any team, and after the James Develin's retirement on Monday, Johnson and signer of free agent Vitale (Green Bay Packers) offer more options, while the versatile tight end Dalton Keene – the choice of Virginia Tech's third round (101st overall) – will be the deciding factor.
Tight ends (6)
Check out the highlights of UCLA's versatile tight end, Devin Asiasi.
If Asiasi (third round, No. 91) can accelerate quickly, he has a chance to be the TE1, but that can be very demanding in a virtual off-season. The Patriots finished last in the NFL in tight receptions and goals last season, but that should change with more options for coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Wide Receivers (13)
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Belichick watched as the Patriots invested a choice in the first round in Harry last year, and technically used a second round in 2020 to bring Sanu on board, so he hardly sees the empty cupboard. He is betting on improving young pass catchers. The unworked group of Hastings (Auburn), Riley (Syracuse), Zuber (Mississippi) and Thomas (Miami) will have a long look, with Thomas being seen as worthy of a likely rating.
Offensive devices (5)
Cajuste, a 2019 West Virginia third-round pick who spent his debut season in the injury reserve, is healthy again. If he rises to the role of striker and Cannon can return to form, it would strengthen a position that was a pain point in 2019 (partly because of injuries).
Andrews says he is allowed to come back after losing 2019 because of blood clots in his lungs, but the Patriots still need an insurance policy, which is why picking Woodard (Memphis) in the seventh round could be one of the most important selections .
Froholdt, a 2019 fourth-round pick from Arkansas, who spent his debut season on injured reserves, is healthy again and combines with 2020's sixth round of Onwenu (Michigan) to fill the pipeline of youth and depth.
Defensive equipment (7)
The Patriots are betting on Allen, a free agent signing with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, filling the void created by Danny SheltonThe departure of the free agent and the choice of the fifth round of 2019 for Cowart (Maryland) contributing more.
4-3 defensive end (2)
The Patriots use a multiple-front defense, with the pieces adjusting differently, depending on who they are playing, and Wise and the elaborate Coe (Auburn) would take the mix into account in a four-man front.
3-4 external linebacker (8)
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Replacing Kyle Van Noy it will be a challenge and could take more than one player, due to its versatile skill set. Winovich (third round of 2019) offers a high pass option, while Jennings (third round, Alabama) is a physical player who impressed scouts with his stamina.
3-4 within the linebacker (7)
Check out some of the highlights of ex-Michigan defender Josh Uche.
Uche, the Michigan second-round pick, was seen by some teams as another offline linebacker because of his size (6 ft -1, 245 pounds), but his passing skills should also make him part of the team. subpackages in obvious non-execution situations.
This is undoubtedly the deepest position on the entire list, led by the current NFL defensive player of the year (Gilmore), and returns completely intact from 2019.
Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne's best team draft (second round, No. 37), plans to help out immediately on special teams and sub-packages. He's the kind of fast-paced and explosive athlete the Patriots need to call to get past AFC and defend players like Kansas City Patrick Mahomes and Baltimore Lamar Jackson.
P: Jake Bailey
LS: Joe Cardona
Belichick noted several times how lucky he was to go from Adam Vinatieri to Stephen Gostkowski in the kicker, and now attention is turned to Rohrwasser, Marshall's fifth round choice.