The Patriots’ offseason resulted in a constant flow of departures. None, of course, larger than the release of Tom Brady after 20 seasons in New England.
The six-time Super Bowl champion has taken his talents to Tampa Bay, where he will join a Buccaneers-studded attack. At the same time, the Patriots appear ready to hand over the keys to second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham, with journeyman Brian Hoyer potentially competing for New England’s first job in the camp.
“You never want to count them, but it sounds pretty dark now,” an NFL executive recently said about New England’s off-season sales, according to Mike Sando of Athletic. “People liked Stidham coming out, so it will be interesting. I think they are fulfilling the roles they need in defense and they know that the quarterback is going to make the offense go away and that he is not going to force it. They’re not going to hurt themselves with a player they don’t like having to commit to. They just prefer to be flexible with it, which is actually an approach similar to the one that Miami takes. “
Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, Elandon Roberts, Danny Shelton and Ted Karras are among those who joined Brady in leaving New England this off-season. It remains to be seen what impact these starts have on the Patriots, who went 12-4 in the regular season in 2019 thanks in large part to their defensive dominance. Yet Bill Belichick certainly has his work cut out for him while trying to maintain the organization’s recent tradition of excellence.
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