Here’s where ESPN ranked the New England Patriots’ new-look offense this season
Expectations for the New England Patriots are much, much lower than before coming into this season. With the departure of Tom Brady, their offense is going to look absolutely foreign, despite being replaced by former 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton.
ESPN Staff Writer Bill Barnwell has ranked the Super Bowl LIII champions as the 21st best offensive team in the league. The team’s current rank is a far cry from their previous ninth spot on the list back in 2019. Long-time playmaker Tom Brady’s departure from the squad played a major role in the downward descend.
The veteran sportswriter noted that veteran wideouts Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu were both compromised by injuries last season. Their advancing age also does not help their cause. He will also be keeping an eye on sophomore N’Keal Harry’s improvement and how it will affect the quality of the Patriots’ wide receiver room.
The tight end group of New England is also relatively young. However, Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene are two players who are seen to contribute and make a difference in the team’s offense.
ESPN ranked all 32 NFL teams in terms of the depth of offensive weapons in their arsenal. The Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, and the Dallas Cowboys all improved from their previous spots a year ago. The trio landed in the list’s top three in that order with the Chiefs being hailed as the league’s best offensive team.
Luckily for Patriots nation, the team still has the game’s best tactician in Bill Belichick. That could very well be the difference-maker in the upcoming season. The head coach will make the most out of his new-look squad in order to exceed expectations. The way he will utilize new acquisition Cam Newton and the rest of the Patriots will certainly dictate the team’s performance in 2020.