Where does ESPN rank Patriots offensive weapons compared to rest of NFL?


For the last several years, the Patriots have had one of the best offenses in the NFL, mostly due to the fact that Tom Brady was at quarterback.

The weapons around Brady were a question mark throughout last season, and it's no secret the Patriots will need more from them no matter who is at quarterback -- Cam Newton or Jarrett Stidham.

On that subject, ESPN ranked the NFL's offensive weapon groups going into training camp and the Patriots came in at No. 21.

Here is what Bill Barnwell had to say as to why.

I’m quietly optimistic about the Patriots’ weapons, especially if you’re comparing them to what you saw at the end of 2019, when Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu were both compromised by injuries. Sanu tried to play through a high ankle sprain, while Edelman was battling knee and shoulder injuries, both of which required surgery after the season. They are each now on the wrong side of 30, so they might be past their peak, but they can be effective wideouts. If N’Keal Harry takes a step forward in Year 2, this could be a valuable three-wideout grouping.
The tight end room is also better, although that wouldn’t have been very difficult to accomplish. I’m skeptical of any rookie tight end making a difference, but Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene should be improvements on Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo. The Pats also will roll out their unusually deep group of running backs for another season, although expected lead back Sony Michel was a disappointment and lost Bill Belichick’s confidence as a receiver and goal-line back at times. Michel dropped three of his 20 targets; the only players in the league with more than 20 targets who had a higher drop rate were Chase Edmonds and Kalen Ballage.

The Patriots, like all other NFL teams, will open training camp July 28.