The Patriots have landed an established, dynamic outside receiver in DeVante Parker. And it sounds like that’s it for now.
Based on a recent report, the Patriots acquired Parker at the end of a longer process to decide how they wanted to add an established wideout. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Patriots “exhausted [their] options at receiver,” including “exploratory talks” with Odell Beckham Jr. They also “looked at” other free agents, but ultimately opted for the Parker trade.
That doesn’t mean the Patriots won’t add a wide receiver in the 2022 NFL Draft. But the addition of Parker, who’s under contract for each of the next two seasons, reduces the urgency to select one as high as the first round or as soon as this year.
Bill Belichick recently attended Alabama’s Pro Day, as he does every year. The Crimson Tide have two notable wide receivers expected to go high in the draft. Jameson Williams will almost certainly be a first-round pick, while John Metchie is expected to go on day 2.
For now, Parker is presumably the new No. 1 receiver atop the depth chart in New England. He headlines a group that still includes Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, Nelson Agholor, and N’Keal Harry. It’ll be interesting to see if Harry’s days are numbered as a Patriot, with the other four receivers likely to stick around on the 53-man roster.
If Parker can stay healthy, he would be a big, athletic perimeter receiver with the upside of a true No. 1 for second-year quarterback Mac Jones. The Patriots ostensibly have designs on Parker playing that role in 2022, and possibly 2023.
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 12: DeVante Parker #11 of the Miami Dolphins makes a reception against the New England Patriots during the first half at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wise receiver DeVante Parker (11) carries the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2019; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (11) runs the ball while New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) pursues during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 12: DeVante Parker #11 of the Miami Dolphins and J.C. Jackson #27 of the New England Patriots react during the first half at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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