Patriots seem destined for Hard Knocks in 2025

This week, it was announced that HBO’s original version of “Hard Knocks” is set to feature the Chicago Bears and top draft pick Caleb Williams in 2024.

The New England Patriots were ineligible for the show this year because they have a first-year head coach in Jerod Mayo.

However, with Mayo all but guaranteed a second season no matter how his first looks, the Patriots could be on the hook for next season.

The league has two other stipulations for teams that want to refuse to appear on “Hard Knocks,” but they include a previous appearance on the show in the last eight seasons or they’re set to appear on one of the other versions of the show (in-season, offseason, etc.).

Teams who made the postseason were previously allowed to refuse, but owners voted to change that this year.

New England will have a second-year head coach and a second-year quarterback who was just picked in the top three in 2024. And, considering their schedule, they could also end up with another top pick in next year’s draft.

With the Patriots only receiving one primetime game this year, owner Robert Kraft may volunteer for “Hard Knocks” just to get some attention back on his team that they once had with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady at the helm.


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