“Pretty Glaring”: Bill Belichick’s Patriots Carry Gaping Hole for Mac Jones, Could Be Filled In One Way

Published 06/10/2023, 3:46 AM EDT

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The Tom Brady era of the New England Patriots was iconic. The Patriots won six Super Bowls with the retired GOAT of the game as their QB. An era that resonated with the brilliant talents they possessed in their roster. And ever since Brady left the Patriots, Bill Belichick and the team have been figuring out their way to revive the former glory they enjoyed with the 7X Super Bowl champion as their QB. The team drafted Mac Jones in the 2021 NFL draft to be the successor of Brady’s legacy and carry forward their winning momentum.

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But there is one problem that Bill Belichick and the franchise have been facing since the days of Tom Brady. This is an issue that, if solved, could help bolster their offensive firepower and passing game on the field. And there might just be a possible solution for the team to bring an end to this problem.

Could signing DeAndre Hopkins bring an end to the WR woes of the New England Patriots?

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Mac Jones has been a solid passing guy for the Patriots in his first two seasons in the NFL. But when it comes to his overall performance, he still has a lot of areas to improve upon. One of the drawbacks for Mac Jones has been the lack of talent in the WR department. And during a recent episode of the Pat McAfee Show, McAfee and co believe that bringing in DeAndre Hopkins could be just what Belichick and Jones need to address this void at the WR position.

Hopkins was released by the Cardinals recently after all the speculations surrounding his trade. And after his release, the Patriots have scheduled a visit for Hopkins. Even the Indianapolis Colts are looking forward to seeing the possibilities of negotiating with the WR. But on the show, NFL insider Ian Rapoport feels that the Patriots could be the likely landing spot for Hopkins. While talking about the possibility of the WR wanting a deal like Odell Beckham Jr, Rapoport said that the Patriots could negotiate a two-year deal around the “average he wants.” He went on to talk about how he felt the Patriots have a problem at the WR position. Rapoport said, “It kind of never felt like to me like the Patriots were done this off-season cause they did have a need of receiver that was pretty glaring. This would seem to fill that in a pretty big way.”

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The WR issue for the New England Patriots has been one that has been existing for years now, going back to the days of Tom Brady in 2019.

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Back in 2019, Brady was frustrated at the lack of talents to make passes to in the WR position. This led to Antonio Brown and Mohamed Sanu being overcompensated for the lack of talent. In 2020, Julian Edelman was still the most reliable WR even during the time of his final season after 12 years with the team. Even in this year’s draft, the Patriots were reportedly eyeing receivers to fill the void in their roster. But the talent pool did not impress them enough, as they later brought in Kayshon Boutte and Demario Douglas in the sixth round as rookie talents. They even signed Juju Smith-Schuster after his Super Bowl-winning season with the Kansas City Chiefs. But would this be enough to give Mac Jones the talent he needs on the field?

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Do you think the addition of DeAndre Hopkins to the Patriots could be a huge boost for the roster in the department? Let us know in the comments below.

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