New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 24: Mac Jones #10 and Kendrick Bourne #84 of the New England Patriots look on from the bench area during the game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

  • Amid plenty of talk of additions to the Patriots wide receivers room – whether it be the DeVante Parker trade or in the upcoming NFL Draft – the Patriots’ top returning receivers joined quarterback Mac Jones in Tampa work a throwing session on Tuesday. Kendrick Bourne shared an inside look at the workout on his Instagram.

  • In addition to Bourne, Jones was throwing to Nelson Agholor and Jakobi Meyers, as well as running back J.J. Taylor. It’s not immediately clear who organized the workout, or if there are more set for the near future.

    Based on the clips shared by Bourne, it seems as though the Patriots’ wide receivers are bulking up for the 2022 season. Bourne himself mentions now weighing 196 pounds, up from the 190 he played at last year. But the real notable jump is from Meyers, who claims to be up to 225 pounds. That’s a sizable jump from the 200 pounds he played at last year.

    Taylor’s presence at the workout also stands out. The only non-wide receiver to take part, the third-year running back is entering a crucial season. Signed as a UDFA in 2020, he’s done enough to stay on the roster for two years but has yet to make a big contribution on the field. With Brandon Bolden now in Las Vegas, there is a bigger role in the running back rotation up for grabs this summer, and Taylor should be a factor in that competition.

    Noticeably not spotted in the clips and pictures shared from the workout is N’Keal Harry. If he wasn’t there, it would make him the only receiver from last year’s active roster to not participate. Harry’s standing on the roster has been a popular talking point this offseason, especially since the acquisition of Parker.

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