After the unexpected and crazy trades that happened during the first week of the offseason, things seem to have settled down, for now. Last week the most notable trade for the New England Patriots, and possibly the whole NFL, was Brandin Cooks to the Patriots. Since then, a few more trades have happened involving the New England Patriots. Furthermore, New England has also resigned a few players that are key to success and helped them win a Superbowl.
So far this offseason the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady has received brand new weapons to use to destroy any (team) who stands in his way. The most talked about is receiver Brandin Cooks. However, the Patriots have also signed other playmakers to their already deadly roster. First, New England signed Cornerback Stephon Gilmore from division rival: the Buffalo Bills. Now, the Patriots have added to their dynamic backfield (of running backs) by signing former Bengal Rex Burkhead. Bill Belichick loves to add players with great special teams abilities and skills, Rex Burkhead put up amazing numbers with the Bengals last year. Another notable addition is defensive lineman Kony Ealy. Ealy, the former Panther, played with great players in carolina which allowed him to play his best game possible. This season, he’s especially excited to play with 4th rounder; Trey Flowers. During his first press conference as a Patriot Ealy said, “One of the great things that I’ve been able to do in my career is just play off my teammates’ intensity. I know Trey is a great competitor, he’s a hard worker. I’ve heard nothing but great things about him, and just being around a guy like that up here, I think it’s really going to help develop my game just because the guy knows how to do things the right way.”
However, perhaps the most talked about resigning this offseason is the resigning of Dont’a Hightower. The new contract is worth $43.5 million over four years with $19 million guaranteed. Although Tom Brady and James White have been showered with praise because if their contribution to the Super Bowl victory, Hightower deserves the same amount, if not more, praise for the victory. Hightower came through with a game-changing strip sack which led to a Patriots touchdown and swung the momentum towards the favor of New England. This player is key to the Patriots’ success.
With all these new weapons and the keeping of veterans, we can surely say the Patriots are the #1 contender to win Super Bowl LII (52).