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Patriots Roster Breakdown: Offense

The NFL season is right around the corner, with the Patriots kicking things off a little less than a week from today. The summer was full of competitions, additions, and subtractions throughout the roster. Cutdown day featured a number of surprises, as well as a few late additions. We’ll look at each player on the Patriots 53 man roster, with this article focused on the offense.

New England Patriots Roster: Offense

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Mac Jones

Entering a make-or-break third year, Mac Jones will finally have the support of a real offensive coordinator behind him. Last year was marred with injury and inefficient play calling — and play making. He needs this to be his best season yet; the expectation is it will be. The Patriots aren’t looking for monster numbers from him, but consistent and smart play will go a long way with this team.

Matt Corral

The Patriots added Corral two days after the initial cuts. Since he was claimed off waivers from Carolina, he immediately became part of the active roster. Corral was a highly touted prospect coming out of Ole Miss last year, but injuries and off-the-field concerns dropped his draft stock. It makes sense for the Patriots to take a flyer on a recent top prospect with high-end talent.


Rhamondre Stevenson

Stevenson had a breakout year in 2022, but it was apparent he was wearing down at the end of the year. The Patriots view him as a do-everything feature back. He will be heavily used in the New England offense.

Ezekiel Elliott

Zeke Elliott was added late in training camp after both second-year backs failed to provide any competition. He will bring a confident swagger to the locker room and a competitive attitude to gameday. He’s no longer the game-breaker he was a few years ago, but will be efficient in all aspects of the game while spelling Stevenson.


Hunter Henry

Henry has proven to be Mac’s go-to guy on offense the last two years. His production took a dip last year (whose didn’t in that offense?), but should bounce back in a big way, as new offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien utilizes more 12 personnel. Henry should return as a red zone monster in 2023.

Mike Gesicki

Gesicki is the counter-punch to Henry in 12 personnel. He fits as the athletic receiving type in the dual TE offense. Gesicki was putting together a nice career in Miami before a massively underwhelming 2022 campaign in Mike McDaniel’s offense. He will be another Mac favorite if he can stay on the field.


Kendrick Bourne

Bourne was in Patricia’s dog house last year, but when he did play, he produced at an impressive clip. Possibly New England’s most explosive receiver, he has put together a fantastic summer and should put up career numbers in a very important contract year.

Devante Parker

Parker has always shown flashes of a dominant jump-ball receiver; his problem has always been his ability to stay healthy. When Parker is on the field, he will provide a high-end boundary target in the offense, with jump ball ability in the red zone. Parker is a potential highlight every time he’s on the field.

JuJu Smith-Schuster

Patriot Nation is notorious for begging for “weaponzzzzzzz” every offseason. Smith-Schuster is the least talked about receiver this year after being added in free agency. Smith-Schuster will do a lot of work between the numbers, and do most of his damage after the catch.

Demario Douglas

His draft mate, Kayshon Boutte, grabbed more headlines during the draft and throughout the summer, but it was Douglas who immediately cemented his status as a starter in the offense. Douglas received veteran treatment throughout the preseason, and teammates have huge expectations for him headed into his rookie campaign. He has a great chance at being the next in a long line of productive slot receivers in New England.

Kayshon Boutte

Once heralded as a surefire first-round pick, Boutte fell to the sixth round due to injury and off-field concerns. He was a bit of a slow burner this summer before becoming white-hot the last two weeks of training camp. The Patriots valued him enough to keep six wide receivers on the initial roster and go thin at other positions rather than chance him on waivers. Boutte may be a frequent gameday inactive before catching a case of the Foxboro Flu to give him a redshirt season in the pros.


David Andrews

How the line performs will determine how the offense performs. How the line performs all starts in the middle with captain David Andrews. Andrews has struggled with injury and medical scares the last couple of seasons, prompting the Patriots to draft his eventual replacement in April. As long as he is on the field, he will provide consistent, high-level play.  

Trent Brown

Perhaps the Patriots’ most enigmatic lineman, Brown, has a chance to be an All-Pro or benched at any time. When he is motivated, there aren’t many linemen better than him. Unfortunately, there has been some difficulty keeping him motivated for the last two years. Brown is in the final year of his contract and may be motivated to try to find one last big payday.

Mike Onwenu

Onwenu has been the Patriots’ best offensive lineman since he entered the league in 2020. Onwenu had ankle surgery late in the offseason, making his status for the start of the season a question. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Patriots eased him back in since he missed all of training camp.

Cole Strange

The Patriots first-round pick last year was a surprise to some. Strange was streaky last year, but would go a long way to stabilizing the line with more consistent play. Unfortunately, Strange was injured on the first padded practice of training camp and just returned to practice last week. He may be eased in, as well.

Calvin Anderson

Anderson signed with the Patriots after playing with the Broncos last season. He was a capable swing tackle, but seemed to struggle as a full-time starter. Anderson was putting together a strong spring before a mysterious illness kept him out of team activities until last week. His status is uncertain heading into the season. The team hasn’t placed him on the PUP or NFI list, but it may be unrealistic to expect him to play immediately.

Jake Andrews

The heir apparent at center, Andrews was drafted in the fourth round out of Troy. Andrews provides an athletic presence at center. The team would prefer Andrews develop for a year or two before letting him take over the center of the line.

Vederian Lowe

The Patriots acquired Lowe from the Vikings prior to cutdown day. Lowe was a sixth-round pick by the Vikings in 2022. During his rookie year he appeared in four games, primarily at left tackle. He is an athletic tackle who should slide in as the Patriots swing tackle.

Atonio Mafi

Mafi enters the league with the Patriots after being taken in the fifth round out of UCLA. Mafi is a mauler at right guard who would be fun to be see get a carry or two at the goal line.

Riley Reiff

The Pats brought Reiff aboard in hopes he’d be a band-aid at right tackle for this season. Unfortunately, Reiff has played below expectations and was subsequently moved inside to guard. He adds a veteran presence in the room, but shouldn’t see much time unless injuries decimate the depth chart.

Sidy Sow

Sow was taken a round ahead of Mafi and also played guard throughout his college career. During training camp, the team slid him out wide, where he has primarily stayed at tackle. Sow has a lot of strength at the point of attack, but is still learning to recognize certain schemed pass rushes. Sow very well could develop into a solid pro, but should only see spot duty this year.

Tyrone Wheatley Jr.

Wheatley was acquired from Cleveland for second-year running back Pierre Strong the same day the Pats acquired Lowe from the Vikings. Wheatley went undrafted in 2020 and spent the next two years playing in The Spring League and bouncing around practice squads before finding a home with the Browns. He doesn’t have much NFL experience, but was putting together an extremely strong preseason in Cleveland. The Pats will hope he develops into a solid swing tackle.

Patriots vs Titans Observations

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Good teams win games they are supposed to win. The Patriots did exactly that vs a depleted Titans roster on Sunday. The expectation was a feisty Titans team that wasn’t going to simply roll over for the Patriots.

The Patriots won vs the Titans in a game that somehow felt closer than it was and yet never like it was that close. They have stretched their win streak to six games. They continue to play Patriots brand football with all three phases able to pick up the team at any moment. Football season usually doesn’t start until after Thanksgiving in the Northeast and this year’s rendition of the team is trying to make that true again.



  • A week after Kyle Van Noy put his fingerprints all over a game, it was J.C. Jackson’s turn to take the spotlight. Jackson’s forced fumble early in the third quarter was a huge momentum shifter for the teams. After that play the Titans would drift away from their dominant ground game. It was a pure hustle play by Jackson and one that could not have been timelier.
  • Jackson added an interception later in the game on a goal line stand to effectively end any chance of a Titans comeback. The interception was Jackson’s 7th of the season and 24th of his career. For how impressive the career total is only four years into his career takes a historical perspective. Jackson is now tied with Richard Sherman and Kenny Easley for the third most interceptions through a player’s first four seasons. Jackson has five more games to add to that total. His 24 career picks is a team record through four seasons, beating Hall of Fame corners Mike Haynes (22) and Ty Law (18).
  • The Pats again got a hand in the hidden yardage department on JC Jackson’s goal line pick. Had the ball been incomplete, the Patriots would’ve taken over possession at their own two. In a game that the running game was struggling, the added 18 yards from the touchback on the interception was extremely understated.
  • The Patriots continued their blistering pace during this win streak winning by 23 points. Over the six-game win streak the Pats have outscored their opponents 211-63 with an average margin of victory of 25.2 points. They have allowed opponents 26 combined points over the last four games.
  • Matt Judon added another sack on Sunday bringing his season total to 11.5. The Patriots sacked Tannehill twice and hit him five times.
  • A big key to the winning streak has been the turnover battle. The Patriots have 17 takeaways, including four more Sunday against the Titans, over the last six games against only 4 turnovers. They won the turnover battle just once during their 2-4 start.


  • Mac Jones threw for a career high 310 yards while adding 2 touchdowns and no turnovers. He continues to be accurate, completing 71.9% of his passes. One area that Jones can improve is his identification of second level threats. A week after struggling against blitzes from the defensive secondary against the Falcons, the Titans utilized similar concepts with success against the rookies. The Pats have faced eight or more defenders in the box on 46.7% of their runs.
  • Titans safety Kevin Byard had some words for Mac Jones leading up to Patriots vs Titans: “(Mac Jones) can dink and dunk it as much as he wants. If they don’t get in the red zone, we’ll be good. We’ll try to take away some of those options and some of those deep balls from him so he can keep checking down to running backs and stuff like that.” Jones responded on the field Sunday with completions of 41, 38, 22, 21, and 20 yards. He went right at Byard for the first touchdown of the game.
  • Kendrick Bourne had himself a game catching 5 passes for 61 yards and 2 touchdowns. When Bourne caught the ball on his 41-yard touchdown the play had a 0.3% of resulting in a touchdown according to Next Gen Stats. Bourne added 29 yards after the catch than expected.
  • Jonnu Smith enjoyed his best day as a Patriot totaling 58 yards on 4 touches. The Patriots’ attack is balanced and multifaceted before Smith gets involved. They could become a “pick your poison” offense to defend if Smith’s role continues to grow.
  • As for offensive efficiency on Sunday? 10 drives, 1 punt. While the bye is right around the corner, Jake Bailey has enjoyed a couple light weeks recently.
  • Mac Jones joins Russell Wilson as the only rookie QB’s to win three straight games by 20 or more points. Seems Mac finds new good company to keep every week.

Overall Notes

  • Incredibly the Patriots are 4-0 when the opponent rushes for more than 250 yards. The games are the Patriots 36-13 victory vs the Titans on Sunday (270), the 24-point comeback in 2013 against the Broncos [Pats won 34-31] (280), a 2011 41-23 beatdown of the Tebow-led Broncos (252), and a 2002 27-24 victory against Miami (256).
  • The Patriots came into the game having rushed for 120-yards in seven straight games and holding opponents to under 100 yards rushing in three straight and five of their last seven. Both streaks would come to an end against the Titans. The Patriots would rush for 105 yards while the Titans racked up 270.
  • Looking ahead at the Patriots remaining schedule: at BUF, at IND, vs. BUF, vs. JAX, at MIA. The next four weeks will settle much of the debate surrounding current AFC playoff seeding.
  • A note from the “Patriots always get advantages from the league office” department. The Patriots head into their bye after a Monday night game against the Bills, already cutting the usual 14-day bye to 13 days. The NFL then flexed the following game against the Colts to a Saturday night prime time affair, trimming the Patriots bye week to twelve days. The Patriots already had the latest bye possible and now are losing valuable rest days. For comparison’s sake, the Bills are getting a scheduled ten days off between their Thursday night game against the Saints and their Monday night showdown with the Patriots. This on top of their full 14-day bye week earlier in the season. Nothing to be done about it but just an astute observation.

New England Patriots Beat-down the Jets: Doctor’s Orders?

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – OCTOBER 24: Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots celebrates a touchdown in the second half against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

It was never close for the New England Patriots, delivering an old fashioned beat-down of the Jets on Sunday. The Jets first quarter woes continued as the Patriots raced out to a 14-point lead in the opening frame. The 31 points at halftime were a season high for New England, and they had another half remaining. The final score was reflective of what players had been saying all week: we’re better than a 2-4 football team. The problem was, they hadn’t shown it yet. Sure, they’re a handful of plays away from being 6-1, but the good teams in the league make those handfuls of plays.

This edition of the Patriots features a lot of new faces that are learning the New England way. The Belichick idioms of “let the opponent beat themselves” has often seemed to be this team’s mantra. And while the team didn’t need the Jets to make the big crucial mistake, the Pats played relatively mistake free football for 60 minutes Sunday-a huge improvement from the previous 6 games. The final score, 54-13, included the most points a team has scored this season (54) and the largest margin of victory (41), beating the previous mark held by the Bills against the Texans (40).

The Jets are the New England Patriots’ little brother

Sure, it’s the Jets; the Patriots proverbial punching bag for the last two decades. Sunday stretched the streak of consecutive wins against Gang Green to 12 in a row, just three shy of the team record of 15, held against the Bills. But beating the teams you’re supposed to beat is what the good teams do. Just a few weeks ago the Pats had to do everything in their power to escape with a three-point win against the Texans, another team they were supposed to beat.

But on Sunday, it wasn’t enough to just beat the Jets. The Pats wanted to make a statement, get some confidence going, and remind their New York neighbors that they still feature the team’s little brother. The Patriots emptied the play book, calling trick plays like they were down 14 points to the Ravens in the Divisional round. And after pulling the starters late in the fourth, had the backups throwing long balls and racking up points in garbage time.

Read on to find out the positives and negatives of this contest.

Odds and Ends

The opening touchdown, a pass from WR Kendrick Bourne to WR Nelson Agholor, had perfect timing in the game and in history. 20 years ago this week the Pats played in a game that featured one of the single best performances in history. WR David Patten threw for a touchdown, caught a touchdown, and ran in a touchdown in a 38-17 beatdown of the Peyton Manning led Colts.

That pass was Bourne’s first since high school.

Jonnu Smith was having what looked like his breakout game before leaving with an injury late in the first quarter.

If Smith misses time, the Pats may finally utilize last years third round pick; Devin Asiasi. Asiasi has been a healthy scratch through 7 games this year.

The Pats went for it a fourth down! In the second quarter while already up 24-7.

The Patriots offensive line looked solid, helping the rushing game (32 carries for 148 yards and 4 touchdowns). Most importantly, they kept Mac Jones clean, allowing one sack and three quarterback hits.

The Mac Attack Rolls On

Mac Jones now has as many TD passes as Cam Newton did with the Patriots (8).

Mac’s 174 completions are second most all time for a rookie QB. Joe Burrow has the record with 195.

Mac also became the fourth rookie QB all-time to throw for 225 yards and a TD in five consecutive games. The other four? Dak Prescott, Justin Herbert, and Deshuan Watson. From a football perspective, great company to keep.

Did Nick Saban and Bill Belichick get together to clone Brady?

Mac now has more completions over 20 yards in the last two games than in the first five games.

Mac, who has been criticized as a checkdown master, threw for 300 yards in his 7th game as a pro. For comparison, rocket-armed Josh Allen threw for 300 yards for the first time in his 28th career game. Perception is not often reality.

The Pats had a season high number of offensive plays (76), a week after time of possession/plays ran was a big reason for a loss.

New England Patriots Defense Dominates

Jamie Collins only played 16 snaps even with Dont’a Hightower as a gameday inactive.

Harvey Langi started in Hightower’s spot before leaving a with knee injury.

Rookie DT Christian Barmore led all defensive linemen with 41 snaps. He is consistently getting pressure and will see huge numbers once he starts finishing those plays.

With effort like this, Matt Judon is putting himself squarely in the Defensive Player of the Year conversation.

Little thing that may not have been noticed during the live broadcast. Having solid offensive line play drives offensive success. Often the kind of things that O-linemen must do are small but end up being all the difference.

Jonathan Jones was placed on IR today with his shoulder injury requiring surgery. The Pats had previously elevated Myles Bryant to the active roster, who like Jones, splits time between safety and slot corner. Joejuan Williams played his best game as a pro on Sunday and the Pats will need more of that going forward as DB depth is getting perilously thin. Rookie Shaun Wade hasn’t practiced since week 4 with a concussion.

Popular fan trade target Jason McCourty was also placed on IR today and will require season ending surgery for his foot injury.

What lies ahead for the New England Patriots?

With the trade deadline approaching, three spots that the Pats may try to shore up: defensive back, defensive line, and running back depth. The Pats have just $4 million in cap space, so a blockbuster move seems unlikely. If I were the Pats, I’d call old friend Nick Caserio in Houston and see who they are willing to part with. Plenty of ex-Pats on cheap contracts down there.

The New England Patriots currently sit 9th in the AFC with the top 7 making the playoffs. The good news? Pats are 3-1 in the conference which may become a major player for tie breaker scenarios.

Good teams win the games they’re supposed to, and maybe that’s what’s in New England: a good team. Next week will be another measuring stick-a contest in LA against an AFC contender in the Chargers. The Pats showed on Sunday they are capable of putting together a complete game. They just need to continue to do it week in and week out if they want to have a chance for something this season.

Patriots coverage stats vs. Jets:

JC Jackson: 3/7, 29 yards, INT

Jalen Mills: 3/5, 37 yards, TD, DPI

Joejuan Williams: 1/5, 8 yards, 3 PBUs

Myles Bryant: 2/2, 17 yards, FF