The Patriots addressed several of their biggest needs, re-signed Cam Newton and infused some quarterback competition by selecting Mac Jones in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. One could say it was a strong offseason in New England, where the Patriots are coming off an uncharacteristically shaky season, and that improvement is right around the corner. Still, not everything is perfect in Foxboro.
SEAN NEALIS - 5.3 Juan Mesa: Passing was off, but did well defending Gustavo Bou. Needs to be more confident with his attacking headers. Brit Byrd: Some sloppy passing and would have liked if he could have at least harassed Jones more on his shot.
The much-anticipated return of the New England Patriots' "Pat Patriot" throwback helmetcould potentially happen as early as the 2022 NFL season thanks to a new league rule adopted Thursday.