Patriots expect this small change to make big difference on offense

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The New England Patriots want to move quicker on offense in 2022.

Offensive tackle Trent Brown indicated on Wednesday that the Patriots have simplified the offense, and that should allow players to move quicker. His statement was echoed by wide receiver Kendrick Bourne and quarterback Mac Jones. They indicated there was more urgency on offense.

How, specifically, might the Patriots ramp up the urgency? Well, Jones said Wednesday that New England is emphasizing snapping the ball more quickly to put pressure on the defense, per NESN’S Zach Cox.

New England ranked towards the bottom of the league with 61.8 plays per game. That put them 22nd in the NFL, per data from TeamRankings. A quicker unit could help in a game trending towards offense.

It will be interesting to see if newer acquisitions could benefit from this offensive change in particular. Wideout DeVante Parker can stretch the field. Receiver Tyquan Thornton is known for his speed and ability to make things happen after the catch. Both of these skill sets have the ability to catch defenses off-guard in a quicker offense. Certainly, the newcomers will benefit from what Bill Belichick has called a “streamlining” on offense.

Time will tell how New England will adjust to this change, in what has been an offseason full of them.

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