Braxton Berrios doesn’t have any ill will towards the New England Patriots, but splitting with them certainly has been to his benefit.
Berrios was a sixth-round pick of the Patriots in 2018, but only saw preseason action with New England. He was put on injured reserve in September of his rookie season and was cut by the Patriots at the end of the 2019 campaign.
At that point, the wideout caught on with the Jets, first as a kick returner before blossoming into a legitimate pass-catching option in New York’s offense. He’s found success in green over the last three seasons, and as a result earned a two-year, $12 million contract this offseason to stay in New York.
So, things have worked out for now for the Miami product. And while he learned plenty in his year with New England, where he got to work alongside legends like Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Julian Edelman, he admitted that getting cut was for the best.
“Really, I feel like I got a PhD in football (in New England),” Berrios said during an appearance on the “Adam Schefter Podcast.” “It didn’t work out for whatever reasons, and looking back it’s the best thing that ever happened to me. It felt like the back was against the wall there.
“I kept going, obviously, and found ways to be productive, and obviously in the return game was the first way. And then I really, really wanted to make sure I was seen as a receiver as well, and really over the last two years I’ve gotten a lot more of those opportunities. Then you marry those opportunities with now being named the first-team All-Pro last year as a kick returner, it’s finally full circle, it’s maybe starting to work out a little bit.”
The Jets have yet to put all the pieces together to become a threat in the AFC East. However, they’ve been lauded for their activity in the draft, and it seems like there might be at least some reason to be optimistic about the franchise’s future.
Clearly, the organization views Berrios as someone who will help get them where they need to be.