Welcome to Week 4 of The Barth Bag. Even after Tom Brady’s second consecutive 300+ yard game in three weeks, a lot of you still have questions about the Patriots wide receivers. We’ll cover those, some trade talk, and more! Let’s get started…
Why is no one talking about the many drops by Gordon? Do you see this being an issue for him? He’s usually very reliable but seems to have dropped a lot of catchable balls last couple of games.
— Gina Kilby (@GinaBKilby) September 27, 2019
He’s dropped just one ball on 20 targets so far this season. Relax Gina.
Pats worked out Ryan Grant. You think any FA WR like this has a shot at making the 53-man roster, with the thought of maybe not needing to bring N’Keal Harry back from a loaded IR after week 8?
— Brian MacDonald (@BMac_81) September 26, 2019
The Patriots regularly work out a number of players during the season so they’re familiar with the free agency pool if they need somebody for an emergency. I don’t think they’d bring in someone with zero experience in the offense at this point in the season to save them an IR return spot. I also wouldn’t characterize the Pats IR as ‘loaded’ right now. Neck injuries can be very serious, and with a replacement like Johnson, I’m not sure that Develin is a serious candidate to return. I still think its Harry and Wynn who come back. Remember, David Andrews isn’t eligible to return, and Cameron Meredith is on PUP, so bringing him back wouldn’t count against the IR return limit.
Any chance we trade for Stefon Diggs? Also who do you think Pats bring back from IR ?
— PATSNATIONx6 (@TomEffinBradyx6) September 26, 2019
I love Stefon Diggs as a player. I actually think he’s one of the more underrated guys in the league, if you can believe that. That being said, I think what it would take to get him is way more than what is worth giving up for the Patriots. Here you have a guy who’s 25 years old, and has four more years of team control after this one at a max cap hit of $15 million. Terrific player, but the Patriots rarely make those kind of blockbuster trades, especially mid-season.
Thinking of ways to generate cap space if they needed to make a move like Trent Williams or someone. What about trading picks and Michael Bennett? Decent cap hit and really being used as a sub guy. Thanks!
— Ryan Ciccarelli (@cicc_n_butt) September 26, 2019
Generating cap isn’t going to be that easy. Not sure the Patriots would trade Bennett, who has been getting the job done in his role and is a valuable veteran presence who’s role will probably grow as the season goes on. I think that if they were going to trade for Trent Williams, they would have done it already. I wouldn’t expect much on that front.
Do we see more formations without the fullback or mostly business as usual?
— Rickey ?? ??????? (@Angryscotsman74) September 25, 2019
Very good question Rickey. I was surprised we didn’t see Jakob Johnson in last week’s game until the kneel downs. He knows the offense, and the coaches have raved about the work he’s put in since camp. It may be a process easing him in, in which case yes, we could see less fullback formations for the next few games. I wouldn’t expect it to be permanent though, because running from that formation is crucial to the team’s success. They should have Johnson 100% good to go by the playoffs.
Is Kessler just here for Sunday then cut to open roster spot for Watson when he comes off suspension Monday ?
— Kevin Mac a/k/a Rob Thugkowski (@KevinMac121) September 25, 2019
Kessler could be here to stay for a bit. When asked about his newest signing on Friday, Bill Belichick was quick to refer to Kessler’s “experience”, despite the fact he’s only been in the league three years. That “experience” could be referring to the fact that Kessler has played in three different offensive systems, something that would be valuable in a scout team quarterback. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kessler is here to fill Hoyer’s shoes as the scout team QB while Jarrett Stidham continues his adjustment to the NFL.
That’s it for this week’s Barth Bag. Keep the questions coming next week using the hashtag #BarthBag, and make sure to follow me on Twitter @PatriotsCLNS.