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Patriots OC Josh McDaniels met with QB Justin Herbert at NFL combine

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Rumors have begun to swirl about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s looming departure. Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is doing what he can to show can be a potential successor.

There are a number of intriguing quarterback prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft that could be within their reach with the 23rd overall pick. According to NBC Sports’ Peter King, Herbert revealed that he had met with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels at the 2020 NFL Combine.

FMIA: Who’d you meet at the combine who was impressive, or who you really wanted to meet?

Herbert: “Coach McDaniels with the Patriots. [Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.] That’s a guy I’ve always watched, always looked up to. I love their offense.”

McDaniels’ meeting with Herbert is hardly an indication of Brady’s status this offseason. The Patriots have been in need of a long-term option under center for quite some time now, so it makes sense that they would be doing their due diligence on one of the more notable names in this year’s draft.

Herbert’s comments indicate that he would love nothing more than to start his career learning under McDaniels in New England. It is difficult to blame him considering the team’s rich history and high expectations. Of course, it remains to be seen whether or not he will still be on the board so late in the first round.

The Patriots’ track record suggests that they would like to take their time with developing a future franchise quarterback while remaining competitive. If Brady leaves and Herbert is still available, they may not have that option.