Albert Breer: Some within Patriots organization are onto 2024
Albert Breer of The MMQB tells Zolak & Bertrand why Patriots personnel in some corners of Gillette Stadium are already looking ahead to 2024 despite the team having 11 games left in the season:
A lot of eyes on college quarterbacks?
“I think the conversations already in some corners of that building have gone to 2024, I think to be more more widespread in a couple of weeks unless something pretty crazy happens. In every one of these organizations, your scouting department is already working on the next year because they’re talking about college players. Well, during the college season, you have to allocate resources to certain areas. Over the next six weeks, do you start to go send your scouts to look at the quarterbacks live? Because there’s only so many scouts you have and there are only so many games that you can get live exposure to. So do we start seeing Matt Groh pop up at a USC game or a North Carolina game or a Michigan game or a Texas game. You start to see those things because teams that are looking at quarterbacks in the draft, what do they do? You get to April and somebody does the back story of how the quarterback got there. And the guy will be like, ‘oh yeah, I was at the Texas-Oklahoma game in November and I saw this and this quarterback and that’s why I liked him’ you know?
“So in some corners that the building, you can’t wait until 2024. So that’s what I mean. I think there’s a lot of conversation and then the trade deadline is the other part of it. How do you approach that? Where are contract negotiations with Kyle Dugger with Josh Uche, with Mike Onwenu? Because those guys are if you’re one of those guys now, you are 11 games from free agency. So at this point, if you’re one of those players and you have like, ‘I think I’m worth this on the open market’, why would you take less than that when you’ve already taken on the amount of injury risk it takes to get to this point? Why wouldn’t you just play it out and get to free agency? So they have to factor that into what happens if somebody calls on. Uche? What happens if somebody calls on Onwenu? What happens if somebody calls on Duggar? These are real things that they’ve got to sort through over the next few weeks. And again, do you start to look at the college quarterbacks? Do you start to do you start to consider offers? Because I think it’s really paramount now that you start building up draft capital.”