Patriots earn respectable grade for offseason moves

The New England Patriots made more changes this offseason than in any other this century, as they moved on from their head coach and de facto general manager of the last 24 seasons.

Aside from parting ways with Bill Belichick, New England also sent starting quarterback Mac Jones to the Jacksonville Jaguars for just a sixth-round pick in return.

Since then, the Patriots have hired Jerod Mayo, signed a small group of free agents and drafted some potential franchise players, including rookie quarterback Drake Maye with the third overall pick.

With everything that’s happened around Gillette Stadium, the Patriots’ offseason received a “B” from Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer. In the grading, he ranked New England’s offseason as the 17th-best in the NFL in 2024.

Here’s what Iyer wrote:

“Jerod Mayo’s first offseason was not defensive-minded at all, as GM Eliot Wolf loaded up on rebooting the offense under Alex Van Pelt. The Patriots’ work rests mostly on how good Maye will be, but they also added much-needed receiving diversity and youthful blocking.”

The grade is probably accurate, but things could’ve been so much better.

New England still has so much money to spend, the most in the league, in fact. If they wanted to, they could’ve totally revamped their offense and grabbed some proven studs for their young quarterback to distribute the ball to as he gets acclimated to the professional game.

Luckily, the offseason’s not over yet, and there are still a few wide receivers who are currently on rosters and are dealing with contract disputes that could lead to trades.

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The Patriots should be aggressive and do for Maye what they failed to do for Jones – surround him with as much talent as possible.

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