I can’t stop thinking (or writing) about the Patriots offense heading into 2022.
With so many changes, moving parts, and “what-if’s” to keep an eye on – it’s hard to keep track of it all. The team announced their new coaching roles on Thursday – with Joe Judge listed as an offensive assistant/QB’s coach, and Matt Patricia listed as a senior football advisor/OL coach.
Earlier in the week I wrote about New England’s running back room and predicted that veteran captain James White won’t make the week one roster. Today, I want to look at the receivers – with one name in particular.
The Pats took 21-year-old Tyquan Thornton with the 50th pick in April’s NFL Draft – and I’m fascinated to see where he slots into the new offense.
Can he make an impact right away? Here are BetOnline.ag’s odds on who will win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2022:
Offensive Rookie of the Year Odds
Kenny Pickett +650
Breece Hall +900
Chris Olave +900
Skyy Moore +900
James Cook +900
Treylon Burks +1000
Drake London +1200
Jalen Tolbert +1200
Christian Watson +1200
Kenneth Walker III +1400
Tyquan Thornton is no where to be found – as BetOnline doesn’t even have him listed.
Despite the snub from our gambling partners, I think Thornton has a chance to impact the Patriots offense early on. New England traded former 2019 first round pick N’Keal Harry to Chicago last week, and the rest of their room really isn’t much to write home about.
Sure – they traded for DeVante Parker this offseason and Kendrick Bourne is coming off of a career year, but there is still plenty of room for reps on the field.
Thornton is speedster. He ran a 4.28 40-yard dash at this years combine – which was good for third fastest. With rumors swirling that the Patriots could pivot towards a Shanahan/McVay like system, the former Baylor Bear could be the perfect fit for the YAC-centric style that the 49ers and Rams have ran for the last several years.
Though I don’t think Thornton has what it takes to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, I do expect him to step in early (and often) for the Patriots and make an impact in their system sooner rather than later.
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