As a 2020 wrap-up comes along with the New England Patriots season, it was an underwhelming one. The Cam Newton-led team finished 7-9 and 3rd in the AFC East. Going into the offseason, here are 5 things that were learned over the season.
2020 Wrap Up Starts With Pats Needing Receivers
The running theme may sound like a broken record player but it still holds true. The Patriots need better receivers next season. Julian Edelman missed the second half of the season. Without him, the Patriots were lost out there. Plenty of times on 3rd down Newton found himself scrambling or throwing it out of bounds. Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick can run play options for only so long over the course of a game. If the Patriots want to be serious next season, they need more weapons.
The Running Back Game Will Be A Force To Come
The rookie from Alabama Damien Harris has shown a few highlights of just what he can do over the season. Behind Sony Michel and James White, Harris ran for 691 yards and 2 touchdowns. It’s also worth noting his 121 yard game against Baltimore earlier in the season. The running game might’ve been the only shining light in the Patriots’ offense this past season. And it looks like Harris is there to stay.
2020 Wrap Up Has Stephon Gilmore Is Still Elite
The 30-year-old pro-bowler cornerback is still a valuable asset in any defense. In what appeared like the light was increasingly shed on him is not dimming. However, that the spotlight only removed from him because of the Patriots’ shortcomings. Make no mistake, Gilmore is still a lockdown defender. Although he had a rough start with testing positive for COVID-19, Gilmore still fought hard.
Bill Belichick Is Still One Of The Best Coaches Right Now
Despite all the mishaps the Patriots had to endure this season. Players opting out of the season due to COVID, injuries, and no real cap space for big signings hindered New England. Despite all of those things, Belichick still had his ball club ready and competitive every week. It was only a few games left when the Patriots were definitively out of playoff contention. Aside from that, they remained in the talks and competitive throughout.
Overall for the 2020 wrap-up of the season, the Patriots indeed did the best they could considering the circumstances. 2020 was an awkward year for many. Fans were missing from the stands and Tom Brady isn’t there. This new era of New England post-Brady will be an interesting one to see.
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