July 13, 2024

The New England Patriots are embarking on a new era with Jerod Mayo taking over as head coach following Bill Belichick’s departure after 24 years at the helm. Despite holding the No. 3 pick in the upcoming draft, Mayo has yet to conduct certain offseason activities, including offseason workouts, leading to criticism from former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson.

Johnson expressed concern about the perception of being unprepared or behind schedule for the upcoming season. With the draft and OTAs approaching, it’s crucial for the Patriots, especially with their young, rebuilding team, to start preparing early to address their numerous needs.

Unlike the veteran core of past Patriots teams, this roster lacks built-in chemistry and experience, making early preparation even more important. Alongside potentially drafting a franchise quarterback, the team also needs to address other key areas such as wide receiver, offensive line, and edge rusher.

Given their multiple needs, there’s speculation that the Patriots may consider trading down in the draft to acquire additional picks and address more areas of concern simultaneously. This strategic move could help bolster their roster and set them up for success in the upcoming season.

The Patriots’ 4-13 record in 2023 marked their poorest performance since 1992, a year before quarterback Drew Bledsoe’s arrival sparked their transformation into a successful franchise. As they navigate their current rebuilding phase under new leadership, the timeline for their return to winning form remains uncertain.

Newly appointed head coach Jerod Mayo of the New England Patriots speaks to the media during a press conference at Gillette Stadium on January 17, 2024 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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