New England Patriots: 3 unmet offseason needs cost team vs. Miami

Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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New England Patriots still need a No. 1 wide receiver

While the Patriots’ presumptive top wide receiver, Nelson Agholor, had a nice game on Sunday with 6 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown, the Patriots still need a top wide receiver.

It’s been harped on here for months. Agholor is a second receiver at best. That’s just not good enough. They still need a top guy.

With Mac Jones already having demonstrated his ability to carve up even a top defense, e.g. the really good Miami defense, having a top receiver is critical.

Adding a No. 1 wide receiver to the young quarterback’s arsenal and the Patriots offense with Jones at the helm will be fearsome. There may be no obstacle that offense can’t overcome.

The play now probably is to wait until later on when a team or two has dropped out of playoff contention and deal for a top wideout. Unless they can deal for one now.

If it takes a first-round pick, give it up. Whatever it takes. This player could be the difference between a playoff berth and more, or also-ran status.

Since New England can’t draft a wide receiver and get it right (and didn’t even attempt to in the 2020 draft), this trade makes perfect sense.

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If the New England Patriots are seriously after a playoff spot, it’s an absolute necessity not as a luxury. Just trade whatever it takes and get a top wideout.

So that’s the take here on the Patriots’ needs after the preseason and first game. Agree or disagree, we’d like to hear your take on all this.