The Patriots offense just had its most explosive day of the season. Personnel-wise, what stood out was a new mix at wide receiver.
N’Keal Harry (season-high 30 offensive snaps) continues to get on the field over Nelson Agholor or Kendrick Bourne, depending on the situation. The Patriots are using him more every week as a run-blocker, and he finally made a big play as a pass-catcher with a 28-yard grab, wresting a contested ball away from overmatched Jets cornerback Javelin Guidry (5-foot-9, 191 pounds).
Obviously, you’d prefer that Harry catches passes from Mac Jones in key situations, and not from Brian Hoyer against a 5-foot-9 corner in garbage time of a blowout win. But his pure usage shows that trust from the Patriots’ coaching staff is growing.
The Patriots made interesting roster decisions at running back, listing rookie Rhamondre Stevenson among the inactives in favor of J.J. Taylor (20 total snaps). Tight end Hunter Henry also stood out with a season-high 60 offensive snaps, seeing increased time in the absence of Jonnu Smith, who exited early with a shoulder injury.
Here’s a closer look at how the Patriots deployed their offense in a 54-point explosion against the lowly Jets…