a blog by La Kifo
If you haven't noticed, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have acquired talented assets for essentially nothing.
I was just scrolling through Youtube and found this video that I thought perfectly outlines the great additions the Patriots have made this past off-season to their offense.
Martellus Bennett traded from the Chicago Bears to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 4th round pick
Chris Hogan signed to the Patriots on a 3 year $12 million, $7.5 guaranteed.
Danny Amendola restructures his contract to 3 years $12.75 million, incentives can add value making his contact worth up to $15 million.
Dion Lewis signed to 2 years $2.6 million.
LeGarrette Blount signed to 1 year $1 million.
Those guys are the key moves. When you look at the production the Patriots got out of Dion Lewis last season, albeit he only played in 7 games, he still had 36 receptions and 388 yards. Those numbers are staggering for a running back less than halfway through the season. I would pencil him in for 70+ receptions, right around 800 yards receiving as well as 700 yards rushing. All that for $1.3 million is insane, he will be the best bargain in the NFL next season.
Moving onto Amendola, he should be making a lot more money. This is the second time that Amendola has restructured his contract and trust me, players do not take that lightly. Amendola was huge in the 2014 playoffs and without his performance we probably wouldn't have a fourth ring. His impact will be diminished this season due to the additions of Hogan, Bennett, and a healthy Dion Lewis. Still his is a reliable slot receiver that is a veteran in this system, and should be able to handle any sort of role given to him.
I don't expect Chris Hogan to have a great season. It will be his first in New England, and he has to deal with sitting behind a parking lot of talented offensive weapons. Despite that, he is a proficient route runner with good size. He should have no problems picking up the offensive playbook. He is a talented receiver and could eventually have a solid career in New England, but it will take some time. At the very least half a season, and the worst 16 games.
LeGarrette Blount is not a flashy signing but definitely a good one. Blount has thrived in this offense and his role as a inside runner. Without him, the Patriots have no presence between the tackles. We saw that last year when Blount went down, we had to sign Stephen Jackson who sucked. Stephen Jackson was fucking horrible and don't forget that. Blount fits perfectly into this offense and its great to have him, even if it is only for one more year.
The last of the signings and the brunt conversation in the video, Martellus Bennett. He's a great tight end, but he's not Aaron Hernadez. Hernadez was lighter, and agile like a receiver. Martellus Bennett is a lot more like Gronkowski, they said it, I agree. Gronk will be hybrid tight end, Bennett will play the tradition tight end. Bennett has the potential to be a third option in this offense, it is just hard predicting how the Patriots will use. We might be able to get a glimpse at that the closer we get to preseason.
I don't want keep repeating what the video is saying so that's all I got on those signings from the off-season. The offense is loaded up this year, our only weakness would be the offense line depth. If we get everyone back healthy, it should all work out. Without injuries, we have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL. Solder and Vollmer are two very good tackles, and Bryan Stork has played at a high level in the NFL. Jonathan Cooper played at a high level in the NCAA, but has not risen to his potential. That being said, I would rather throw Cooper on that line than Tre Jackson, Shaq Mason, Josh Kline, David Andrews, or Joe Thuney. Cooper right now is a better player than all of them, but not by much. Even if we do have problems with the interior of the offensive line, it won't really matter. Year after year, we've seen Tom Brady shred defenses with quick passes and little to no run game. We will hang 40 on a lot of mother fuckers this season and it's going to great. Fuck the AFC East, Fuck the AFC, we're going to cut through them like warm butter.
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