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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / 2023 State of the League: New England Patriots

2023 State of the League: New England Patriots

Breaking down the AFC East: each team's key free agent moves, trades, potential impact Draft choices, and more.
Publish Date: 07/20/2023
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster

2022 Record: 8 – 9 (3 – 3 vs AFC East)

General Manager: Bill Belichick

Head Coach: Bill Belichick

Offensive Coordinator: Bill O’Brien (new coach; former Alabama offensive coordinator)

Defensive Coordinator: N/A (Stephen Belichick calls plays)

Special Teams Coordinator: Cameron Achord

RoundPickPlayer NamePositionCollege
117Christian GonzalezCBOregon
246Keion WhiteDLGeorgia Tech
376Marte MapuS/LBSacramento State
4107Jake AndrewsC/GTroy
4112Chad RylandKMaryland
4117Sidy SowOGEastern Michigan
5144Atonio MafiOGUCLA
6187Kayshon BoutteWRLSU
6192Bryce BaringerPMichigan State
6210Demario DouglasWRLiberty
6214Ameer SpeedCBMichigan State
7245Isaiah BoldenCBJackson State
PositionStarterBackup
QBMac JonesBailey Zappe
RBRhamondre StevensonTy Montgomery
WR1JuJu Smith-SchusterKendrick Bourne
WR2DeVante ParkerKayshon Boutte (R)
WR3Tyquan ThorntonDemario Douglas (R)
TEHunter HenryMike Gesicki
LTTrent BrownCalvin Anderson
LGCole StrangeSidy Sow (R)
CDavid AndrewsJake Andrews (R)
RGMike OnwenuAtonio Mafi (R)
RTRiley ReiffConor McDermott
PositionStarterBackup
DLChristian BarmoreDaniel Ekuale
DLDavon GodchauxLawrence Guy Sr.
DLDeatrich Wise Jr.Keion White (R)
EDGEJosh UcheRonnie Perkins
LBJa’Whaun BentleyMack Wilson Sr.
LBJahlani TavaiMarte Mapu (R)
EDGEMatthew JudonAnfernee Jennings
SAdrian PhillipsJalen Mills
CB1Jonathan JonesMyles Bryant
CB2Christian Gonzalez (R)Marcus Jones
CB3Jack JonesShaun Wade
SKyle DuggerJabrill Peppers

New England Patriots Offseason Review

Gone are key offensive pieces in Damien Harris, Jakobi Meyers, Jonnu Smith, and Isaiah Wynn. As for direct replacements, the Patriots brought in veteran free agents JuJu Smith-Schuster, Mike Gesicki, and Riley Reiff. Smith-Schuster had a solid season in Kansas City, and will be vying for the WR1 spot. Gesicki never quite found his footing in Miami, but could fit in well as a receiving threat in two tight end sets with Hunter Henry. Reiff started at right tackle for the Bears the last two seasons, and was brought in to do the same for the Patriots. Depth at runningback is thin, with Ty Montgomery and second year back Pierre Strong the top options behind Rhamondre Stevenson. The team may look to add another veteran at the position before the season starts.

Video: Top 10 Patriots plays | 2022 season

Top 10 Patriots plays | 2022 season

The loss of safety Devin McCourty to retirement is a big one, as he was a leader on and off the field. New England still has Adrian Phillips and Kyle Dugger, however, as well as plenty of depth at the position. The team re-signed Jabrill Peppers, can have Jalen Mills rotate between corner and safety, and drafted Marte Mapu in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft. Mapu is a versatile hybrid linebacker/safety prospect who can be used in different roles. He played a lot as a slot corner/box safety the last two years in college, but was playing mostly linebacker in organized team activities/practices for the Pats. Keep an eye on the legal status of cornerback Jack Jones. Jones is facing several charges from an incident in June at Logan Airport in Boston, where he was taken into custody and released on bail for attempting to board an aircraft with two loaded firearms.

After trading down in the first round, New England got a potential steal when they selected cornerback Christian Gonzalez. Gonzalez, who has elite size, speed, and length, will be an immediate starter on the outside for New England. His versatility, as well as his willingness as a tackler will get him on the field early and often. Getting Keion White – who was seen as a potential late first round pick – in the second round was also a win. White shot up Draft boards this offseason due to his unique combination of speed/power and his versatility. He played mostly outside the tackle in college, but White’s elite size/athleticism will allow him to play both on the line and off the edge in Bill Belichick’s defense.

Video: The New England Patriots Are RIDICULOUS.

The New England Patriots Are RIDICULOUS.

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