The Patriots will enter the 2022 offseason with a lot of uncertainty on the offensive side of the ball. This is largely thanks to coaching.
Mac Jones and New England’s new offense will be overseen by a combination of Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia and Joe Judge. It’s a trio of relatively accomplished football coaches, but three instructors who are best known for their work outside of an offense. The degree of uncertainty is borderline worrying.
But that might not be the only problem when it comes to scoring points on the board. Jones’ arsenal of weapons was relatively uninspiring during his rookie campaign last season, and the Patriots didn’t do much to level up this offseason. As such, ESPN.com’s Bill Barnwell ranks new england jurisdiction position No. 26 group in the entire NFL.
Barnwell admitted he “wasn’t thrilled” with the group a year ago, pointing to the struggles of Jonnu Smith and Nelson Agholor. He credits New England with a solid stable of running backs, a group that has performed much better than passers.
“This analysis rewards receivers over fullbacks and high-end talent over depth. The Patriots supporting cast would rank much higher if those priorities were reversed,” Barnwell wrote.
The good news? This is a year-over-year improvement from last year’s 27th ranking.
It’s not like New England did nothing in the offseason. The most notable addition was DeVante Parker, the wide New England acquired in a trade with division rival Miami Dolphins. But after doling out millions in free agency last season on the attacking side of the ball, New England was otherwise crippled when it came to upgrades this offseason. If this group isn’t improving, that’s kind of what it is.