Patriots’ Rookie Named Team’s Most Dangerous 2024 Addition

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The New England Patriots had one of the worst rosters in the NFL last season, and not much has changed heading into 2024.

The Patriots are expected to finish in the basement of the AFC East division as they enter a transitional season with an entirely new regime.

However, that does not mean New England has sat on its laurels and done nothing this offseason.

The Pats didn’t exactly make a lot of noise in free agency. They missed out on wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who signed with the Tennessee Titans. The Patriots seemed to put all of their eggs in the Ridley basket, as they were unable to pivot and add a truly impactful player at the position in free agency.

But, New England was able to snare a very interesting intriguing receiver prospect in the NFL Draft.

Bleacher Report’s Ryan Fowler has named wide out Ja’Lynn Polk as the Pats’ most dangerous addition of the offseason, stating that he may actually be the rookie to watch in Foxborough.

Of course, the Patriots took quarterback Drake Maye with the third overall pick, but there is no guarantee Maye will start in Week 1. As a matter of fact, it’s looking more and more like Jacoby Brissett will end up under center for the season opener.

As a result, attention may turn to Polk, who just hauled in 69 receptions for 1,159 yards and nine touchdowns during his final year at the University of Washington.

Keep in mind: Polk was Washington’s No. 2 receiver behind Rome Odunze, so he posted those numbers without even being the top option.

Considering that New England does not have a true No. 1 wide out on its roster, Polk could very well step in and fill that role right off the bat.

Polk will be competing with veterans Kendrick Bourne and JuJu Smith-Schuster (both of whom are coming off knee injuries), free-agent addition K.J. Osborn, second-year receiver DeMario Douglas and fellow rookie Javon Baker for targets next season.

Looking at the competition, it seems fairly safe to say that Polk stands a great chance to end up being the Pats’ No. 1 receiver in 2024.

He could even represent a sleeper option for Offensive Rookie of the Year based on the amount of targets he might get.

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