Usually around this time of year OTA’s are going on and teams are working at their facilities. However, with the pandemic players are forced to work from home and have virtual team meetings to get ready for the season. This Patriots off season has been a shift in a different direction from years past. The obvious reason? Losing the franchise quarterback is a huge loss, and not being able to get on a football field does them no favors. The Patriots pretty much kept the same wide receivers they had last year and a quarterback who can’t go to the facility and throw to his teammates.
On defense the Patriots lost some talent with Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, Danny Shelton and Duron Harmon. They added some names like DL Beau Allen, DB Adrian Phillips, and added some help in the draft. We’ll see how Kyle Dugger and Josh Uche pan out. They also drafted a kicker which nobody saw coming. The Patriots also are wasting $60 Million on dead money and guards. Not to mention they also lost the best tight end in the game because he didn’t want to play in New England anymore.
With all the losses the Patriots faced this off season, the biggest gains were signing both Matt Slater and Devin McCourty. That is the only way to get that locker room back, you have to bring back some veteran leadership. Losing Brady is huge and goes without saying. Not knowing if Stidham is the next guy is worrying, but I’m sure he’s up to the challenge. The receivers will be more comfortable with him probably than Brady breathing down their necks.
It was a failed off season for the Patriots no question. So many losses and not much to gain. Also, not being able to work at Gillette is going to make it worse. Yes, everyone is in the same boat but this is the Patriots, not the Lions or some bad team. They always seem to figure it out, but with the loss of Brady and Gronkowski and a lot of uncertainty this off season was a ‘F’