After weeks of hypothesis, former Atlanta Falcons celebrity huge receiver Julio Jones was traded to the Tennessee Titans for a 2022 second-round decide and 2023 fourth-round decide. Regardless of the New England Patriots being cited as a vacation spot of curiosity for Jones on a number of events, the Patriots in the end didn’t present as a lot curiosity as anticipated.
The more than likely cause for the workforce’s lack of curiosity within the perennial All-Professional is a mixture of Jones’ albatross contract and age. Jones is slated to make $38 million over the following three years, with over $15 million due within the upcoming 2021 season.
NBC Sports activities’ Peter King cited this cause in his column after the commerce, stating that “New England by no means had severe curiosity in committing $38 million to a 32-year-old receiver.”
Moreover, 2022 draft picks are presently being extremely valued since many scouting actions will be capable to happen in individual as soon as once more. It additionally would make sense that Invoice Belichick wouldn’t wish to half with an early-round draft decide who would be capable to accompany Mac Jones into the following period of the workforce.
Whereas the Patriots’ lack of curiosity might need come as a shock, Belichick appeared to reaffirm his religion within the present New England receiving corps heading into coaching camp: Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, N’Keal Harry, Kendrick Bourne, Gunner Olszewski, Marvin Corridor, Isaiah Zuber, Tre Nixon, Devin Smith and Kristian Wilkerson.
Although the receiving corps nonetheless may not function a bona fide star, it is necessary to maintain the workforce’s offensive identification in thoughts. Regardless of a rocky 2020 marketing campaign, New England confirmed promise operating the ball.
As such, the 2021 Patriots determine to thrive on the bottom behind an elite offensive line and operating again in Damien Harris, with deep outdoors (Agholor, Harry) and shallow inside receiving (Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry, Bourne) choices out of heavier units. Due to this fact, whereas having Jones could be a luxurious, that is all it might be.
The 2020 Patriots passing recreation had a tough time acclimating partially on account of restricted summer season observe. With a complete summer season at their disposal to construct chemistry, the 2021 model ought to have a greater likelihood for fulfillment — even with out Jones.