New England Patriots

New England Patriots

New England Patriots

Dec 12, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (84) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday morning, it was reported that the Patriots will have a meeting with free agency meeting with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins next week. It will be Hopkins’ second meeting as a free agent – he’s expected to meet with the Tennessee Titans this weekend.

The news of Hopkins coming to meet with the team in Foxborough seemed to have the majority of fans excited in New England. They weren’t alone though – one player on the team seemed very into the idea as well.

  • Following Friday’s OTA practice, wide receiver Kendrick Bourne was asked about potentially playing with Hopkins. “I’m a fan of D-Hop,” Bourne said. “It’d be cool. I don’t really know the gist of what’s going on, but yeah he’s a great player.”

    Reporters then filled Bourne in on the report that Hopkins would be playing with the Patriots, which drew a “oh nice,” from Bourne. “Great player,” Bourne continued. “So anything that’ll help us win I’m with.”

    Bourne echoed that when asked what his message is to Hopkins ahead of the visit. “Come on through,” Bourne replied. “We need any help we can get to win.”

  • The irony in this is that if the Patriots do sign Hopkins, Bourne could end up being the odd man out at the wide receiver position when it’s time to make cuts at the end of camp. Given how little he was used last year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the team move on from him under those circumstances. At the same time, DeVante Parker would also end up on the outside looking in given he plays a role much more similar to the one Hopkins would project into in New England, and would save the team more money in a trade/release ($6.2 million per

    Friday was the final day of Patriots OTAs. They’ll return to the practice fields on Monday for the first of three consecutive days of Mandatory Minicamp.

  • Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at [email protected].

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