If the New England Patriots are in the market for a new No. 1 receiver, they may have to wait for someone unexpected to become a free agent.
The team is pretty stacked with No. 2 or 3 receivers, to be certain. Kendrick Bourne, DeVante Parker, and Tyquan Thornton are a pretty good trio under contract for 2023, and Thornton still has a chance to emerge as a game-breaking threat. But to go forward with this as your main group would be a big gamble, especially leaving the Patriots without a bread-and-butter slot receiver if they lose Jakobi Meyers to free agency.
But what if another, more dynamic slot receiver suddenly hit the open market? It’s possible the Pats have an avenue to make an upgrade over Meyers in the slot via free agency – he’s just not available yet. But he could be soon.