How every Patriots rookie matches with the crew


A have a look at a dozen Patriots rookies forward of coaching camp.

Patriots rookie Christian Gonzalez is anticipated to contribute immediately. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe

Patriots rookies are anticipated to report back to Foxborough on Friday. Whereas coaching camp formally begins subsequent week, rookies are allowed to indicate up a bit early. 

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And there’s been a whole lot of optimism surrounding this rookie class. 

First-round choose Christian Gonzalez has been described by teammates as a really good, athletic participant, who makes issues look easy. 

Second-round choose Keion White has tons of upside as a pass-rusher, however he’s nonetheless studying easy methods to play defensive finish after starting his school profession as a decent finish. draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah named rookie linebacker Marte Mapu his favourite participant in the whole draft, calling the third-round choose an “absolute playmaker.” 

In whole, the Patriots have a dozen rookies. Right here’s how every matches with the crew. 

Jake Andrews

Place: Middle

The match: Andrews’ competitors at heart is David Andrews, a crew captain who will seemingly retain his beginning job this season. 

Nonetheless, David Andrews has missed vital quantities of time lately, together with the whole 2019 season, 5 video games in 2020, and three video games in 2022. He began each sport in 2021. 

Within the occasion that David Andrews misses extra time, Jake Andrews might be one of many names referred to as upon to fill the hole. 

Bryce Baringer

Place: Punter

The match: The Patriots’ punting scenario was so dangerous final season that they let Jake Bailey go away in free company to go to a division rival. Michael Palardy, who backed up Bailey isn’t listed on the roster anymore. 

Baringer ought to have the ability to compete for the beginning spot with Corliss Waitman in coaching camp. The consensus First-Workforce All-American and Massive Ten punter of the 12 months has a “heck of a leg,” Michigan State particular groups coach Ross Els instructed 

Isaiah Bolden

Place: Receiver

The match: Bolden confirmed promise as a returner at Jackson State, taking part in underneath Deion Sanders. He led the NCAA in common yards per kick return in 2021. He’s listed as a receiver, however will seemingly start his Patriots profession far again on the depth chart at that place. The Patriots have Marcus Jones, who emerged as an explosive weapon on offense, protection, and particular groups, returning kicks and punts. 

Kayshon Boutte

Place: Receiver

The match: Boutte tasks as a slot receiver. He was as soon as a five-star prospect and had a promising begin to his profession at LSU, however a season-ending ankle harm in 2021 and a much less constant 12 months in 2022 dropped his draft inventory. He’s listed as a third-stringer at receiver by, and has vital work to do earlier than he’s prepared for constant taking part in time. 

DeMario Douglas

Place: Receiver

The match: Douglas is a speedy receiver who ran a 4.44-second 40-yard sprint. At 5-foot-8, 192-pounds he does lack dimension for the place. Plus, the Patriots invested on the place, re-signing DeVante Parker and including Juju Smith-Schuster to a receiving core that additionally has Kendrick Bourne and Tyquan Thornton. 

Until he exhibits a Marcus Jones-like impression, it’s not going that Douglas will get many snaps at receiver this season. 

Christian Gonzalez

Postion: Cornerback

The match: There’s a good likelihood that Gonzalez finally ends up being a Day 1 starter for the Patriots. ESPN tasks Gonzalez because the starter on their Patriots depth chart. The Patriots lacked dimension at cornerback final 12 months, and the 6-foot-2 rookie seems to have the talent set to contribute immediately. 

As Dane Brugler of The Athletic put it: “He’s lengthy and athletic, can run and confirmed improved ball abilities this previous season. Along with his traits, Gonzalez needs to be a right away starter as an NFL rookie.” 

Antonio Mafi

Place: Offensive guard

The match: It looks like a backup position is extra seemingly for Mafi this season with Unusual, Onwenu, and Sow on the guard place. It might be a possibility to be taught and develop for the UCLA product. 

Marte Mapu

Place: Linebacker

The match: The versatile Mapu, who can play linebacker and security, was a standout throughout OTAs. The query for him is: the place will Invoice Belichick determine that he matches? New England does have a gap to fill at security following Devin McCourty’s retirement, and it seems that Kyle Dugger and Jabrill Peppers would be the foremost choices there. Judon, Uche, and Ja’Whaun Bentley have fairly well-defined roles on the linebacker place. 

However, if Mapu can preserve making performs the best way he has thus far this summer time, he might play his means into a pair completely different spots within the fall. 

Chad Ryland

Postion: Kicker

The match: Nick Folks made 86 p.c of his field-goal makes an attempt final season and set the NFL document for many consecutive discipline targets from contained in the 50-yard line. 

Based mostly on these outcomes, Ryland’s almost certainly alternative for enjoying time this season seems to be on kickoffs, which the Patriots struggled with final season as they let a number of gamers take a shot at it. 

Sidy Sow

Place: Offensive guard

The match: It’s onerous to check Sow beginning over Mike Onwenu or Cole Unusual on the offensive guard place immediately. The Patriots have greater query marks on the deal with place, with newcomers Riley Reiff and Calvin Anderson becoming a member of the combination with Trent Brown, who tied for the league lead in penalties final season in line with Professional Soccer Focus. 

The 6-foot-5, 323-pound Sow has expertise taking part in deal with and will maybe be utilized in case of an harm or extra struggles on the place. 

Ameer Velocity

Place: Defensive Again 

The match: At 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, Velocity is a giant defensive again. He made three begins as a member of Georgia’s 2021 nationwide title crew earlier than transferring to Michigan State the place he began in 11 video games in 2022. The Patriots have a lot of corners, together with Gonzalez, Jonathan Jones, Jack Jones, and Jalen Mills, forward of him on the depth chart. 

“Velocity’s tape and manufacturing don’t stand out,” his scouting report reads. “Nonetheless, his uncommon dimension and velocity, alongside together with his potential to star on particular groups, may give him an opportunity to seek out an NFL dwelling.”

Keion White

Place: Defensive Finish 

The match: The Patriots are fairly strong at defensive finish, with Deatrich Clever and Lawrence Man returning. Linebackers Matthew Judon and Josh Uche, who additionally line up at finish when it’s referred to as for, deliver strain off the sting too. 

White has the scale and athleticism to turn out to be an efficient pass-rusher off the sting, and there might be some eventualities the place the Patriots use him in spots, however this needs to be extra of a developmental 12 months for him.