What Antonio Brown signing means for Patriots offense


Whether you agree with the move or not, Antonio Brown is now a member of the Patriots and likely will be on the field come Week 2 in Miami against the Dolphins.

So, what does this now mean for the Patriots offense?

For Julian Edelman, it means defenses cannot solely focus on taking him away, and this could free him up for better opportunities over the middle of the field. With Brown being one of, if not the best receiver in football, he instantly jumps to No. 1 on the depth chart and who defenses focus on the most. He's an unbelievable talent who has had six straight seasons of at least 100 catches and 1,000 yards receiving.

And he can do it all, too. It's not just being a deep threat, Brown can also catch balls on the outside and isn't afraid to run over the middle.

As for Josh Gordon, it will be very interesting and the addition has the potential to benefit him the most. With Brown stretching the field on the outside, it may open things up for him with comeback routes and just more space to work with outside the numbers. Also, he likely will be facing No. 3 and 4 cornerbacks, which could allow him to get open even more.

Demaryius Thomas, Jakobi Meyers and Phillip Dorsett are now likely situational receivers and the potential is even there for one of the three to be inactive for some games. For Thomas, his new role is a good thing as he won't be counted on as much and it was a tough ask for him to play a ton of snaps for 16 games coming off an Achilles injury last December.

These receivers combined with the talent in the Patriots backfield, the offense has the potential to be one of the best in recent memory. Some have thrown out 2007-level and while that may be a little strong, if everything goes according to plan, there's no denying the unit can put up 30-plus points every week no matter who it is facing.

In the short-term, the Patriots will need to make a roster move to get Brown on the roster, which will likely come Monday.

There were already seven receivers on the roster, including Matthew Slater, and that was already on the high end, so it is likely a receiver is let go to make room for Brown. Gunner Olszewski and Meyers appear to be the likely candidates with the hope they can clear waivers and return to the practice squad.

For all the questions with Brown off the field, on the field there's no question he makes the offense so much better.