Part of the New England Patriots’ game plan for the 2023 offseason has to be fixing the offense. They have already begun that process, bringing back Bill O’Brien to be the team’s offensive coordinator after the mess that was Matt Patricia and Joe Judge leading that unit in 2022.
Getting Mac Jones back on track will be the most important job that O’Brien has. After a strong rookie campaign, Jones took a major step back in 2022. Part of that could be the injuries that he suffered along with the coaching. Bottom line is that he needs to play better and for that to happen, the team needs to add more weapons around him.
The pass-catching group in New England could look a lot different in 2023 than it did in 2022. Jakobi Meyers and Nelson Agholor are free agents. Kendrick Bourne and DeVante Parker could also be on the move.
Looking to make a splash, the Patriots have been one of the few teams mentioned as a suitor for DeAndre Hopkins. The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly looking to trade him this offseason and New England would be a good fit.
However, if the price is too much, the Patriots can turn their attention to free agency. There, they could look to kick the tires on Odell Beckham Jr. again. According to CBS Sports, Beckham said he almost signed with the Patriots last year when he was released by the Cleveland Browns. He ended up signing with the Los Angeles Rams, who he helped to win a Super Bowl but suffered an ACL injury in the game.
That led to Beckham missing the entire 2022 season as he rehabbed and worked his way back to full strength. His versatile skill set is one that the Patriots would benefit greatly from as there isn’t anyone on their wide receiver depth chart currently that scares opposing defensive coordinators.
Adding a player of his caliber should also help the development of Jones, who looked shaky throughout 2022. For him to be truly evaluated, the Patriots need to upgrade the weapons around him and Beckham would certainly be considered that.