WATCH: New England Patriots New Recruits Getting to Work Ahead of Next Season

Published 03/24/2021, 1:56 PM EDT
Dec 10, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (middle) looks on from the sidelines with head coach Bill Belichick (right) after being replaced in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The New England Patriots have been very busy during this offseason. After a dismal performance last season, which saw the Patriots miss their first Playoffs since 2008, Bill Belichick and company decided to make some moves.

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The Patriots re-signed former MVP Cam Newton to a 1-year contract and have made several signings to make sure they are in the championship fold next season.

It seems like these new recruits are already hard at work. The new-look New England Patriots were seen working out and running practice drills recently, and all of them look hungry and motivated.

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The Patriots have a renewed focus going into next season. And given their exploits last season, they will be motivated to show it was an outlier rather than a trend-setter.

The Patriots and Bill Belichick had a strange season last year. For the first time in a long time, Belichick couldn’t count on Tom Brady.

Brady left the Patriots due to a contract dispute and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What made his departure worse was the sight of him lifting the Lombardi trophy after just 1 season with Bruce Arians and Tampa Bay.

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The Patriots, on the other hand, faced several struggles throughout the season. They just didn’t have the right pieces going for them. Cam Newton was brought in as the replacement for Tom Brady.

But the two play a very different brand of quarterback football, and Newton struggled to adapt to Belichick’s demands of him. But it seems like Belichick still has faith in Newton, as he asked the Patriots to re-sign him on a 1-year deal.

Furthermore, the Patriots have decided to throw it back to Belichick’s preferred offensive style. The Patriots signed Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith, two very potent tight ends in the NFL.

HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 05: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady #12 celebrate after winning 34-28 over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Belichick always loves to use two tight ends as his primary offensive tool, as we saw during the days of Brady and Gronkowski. So the Patriots know what direction they’re aiming for this season.

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Can the New England Patriots bounce back this time around? Bill Belichick is building a potential juggernaut for next season. And the players look hungry and motivated going into the campaign. A coach like Belichick doesn’t take kindly to losing.

Therefore, fans can expect the Patriots to return with a vengeance next season. We could witness a Patriots-Buccaneers showdown in the Super Bowl, as Brady faces his former mentor.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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