Every day until the start of camp, the Herald will explore one of the biggest questions facing the Pats this summer. Many are related to the offense, which added a new arsenal of tight ends and may feature rookie quarterback Mac Jones at some point this season. Other questions cover the defense, which also had a change in the front seven, and the rookie coming around Jones. Once the Patriots take the field, here’s what they should learn before the 2021 season begins.
Which rookies will make the most impact?
With a surplus of talent brought in via free agency to poke holes in the roster, it’s certainly possible that the Patriots won’t need to rely on any players in their 2021 draft class.
May all picks red shirts enjoy the year very well.
But it won’t be fun, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Last season, Kyle Duggar, Josh Uche, Anferney Jennings, Michael Onvenu, Justin Heron all had varying degrees of use. Onwenu developed into the right tackle as a starter and was a welcome presence on the offensive line. Heron also contributed as a backup.
The Duggar shows a ton of promise of security. Ditto on the linebacker.
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Quarterback Mac Jones
It’s hard to say with any certainty whether Jones will get a shot at leading the Patriots offense this season, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility.
It could be the first week, if he beat Cam Newton by a wide margin, or it could be at some point down the road if Newton faltered, or got hurt. The latter two scenarios appear to be the most likely sightings of Jones.
It helps that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel seems enamored with Pats top prospect, and with good reason. Jones is a perfect fit for the Patriots offense given his skills, and may ultimately prove to be the best option at quarterback.
During the early camps, Jones was a quick learner, and he demonstrated accuracy and decision-making skills that helped him win a national championship in Alabama. Training camp is the next hurdle for the young quarterback to prove his mettle.
As the first round pick, and 15th overall pick, Jones will get his chance at some point. He stands at the most important position on the field as the future.
And if that happens this season, he could change the entire outlook of the Patriots going forward. That is, if he meets his billing.
“Jones is a really smart guy. He would know how to handle that offense, and if Cam struggles, I don’t think Bill is hesitant to throw him out there,” said ESPN analyst Damien Woody recently. He recently said during an interview with the Herald. “You don’t draft someone in the first round, and then sit him down all year. If the man is ready, you put him there.”
Defensive Tackle Christian Barmore
The Patriots needed to make changes to their defensive line, and did so during the off-season. Through free agency and the draft, Bill Belichick solidified the front.
With Lawrence Guy, Dietrich Wise, Carl Davis, and Akim Spence to go along, adding Devon Godchaux, Henry Anderson and Montravius Adams to free agency, the Patriots not only improved the line, but also worked on some quality depth. did.
So where does Barmore, his second-round draft pick, fit in?
Most likely in the form of a rotational player who will be dispatched during close rush situations. Although not a major role in his first year due to his experience, his ability to reach quarterback can help the cause.
Even with a better front, Belichick wouldn’t completely keep a lid on Alabama’s most disruptive player, as Bermore led the team last season with eight sacks, four quarterback hits, as well as 27 rushes.
His six sacks and two of his three forcible fumbles came in the last six games of the year. So he’ll get on occasion, and if his time with Nick Saban is any indication, Barmore should be promoting.
ramondre stevenson running back
Stevenson is expected to have a red-shirt year, like most of the first year for the Patriots.
This year may be different.
The game of race is going to play a vital role in the success or failure of the offense this season. Damien Harris and Sonny Mitchell are set to take the load off the opening run, but if one of them gets hurt, it won’t be a surprise to see an injured Stevenson get a chance.
Long-running back coach Evan Fears already loves baby. Speaking to the media, he said that Stevenson, the team’s fourth-round pick, reminded him of Legaret Blount.
“That kind of body. That kind of athletic ability. He’s probably an even better pass receiver than Legeret,” Fiers said. “This kid has great hands. There are a lot of doors open here. We’ll see what sticks to him.”
honorable mention: Offensive lineman Will Sherman, and wide receiver Trey Nixon. Both are dark horse candidates. Members of the offensive line would have suffered enough injuries for Sherman, a sixth-round tackle, to play a role. But if it does, it could prove valuable.
Onwaynu and Heron were also sixth-round picks, and both saw a lot of time last year.
Nixon? He’s Ernie Adams’ guy, so he’s going for her. And given their ability to play in the slots, they may get a chance to contribute.
As for Ronnie Perkins, the third-round pick from Oklahoma, he may be a major name on this rookie list, but the fact that the young lineman is being converted into an outside linebacker who can return to coverage may not take time. It will take It’s hard to see him making a significant impact in his first year. Ditto linebacker Cameron McGrown and safety Joshua Bledsoe.