A lot of talk has been made about how the New England Patriots need to improve their offense in the 2023 season.
So far, it looks like they’re going to do that with several additions. Offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien looks like he will bring a familiarity and comfort back to the Patriots offense. Juju Smith-Schuster and Mike Gesicki are weapons for Mac Jones to utilize in the upcoming season.
Then of course, there’s the rumors we’ve been hearing about the Patriots interest in bringing wide receiver Deandre Hopkins into the fold at wide receiver.
But one thing that hasn’t been talked about is who will help in the backfield with Rhamondre Stevenson now that Damien Harris is with the Bills.
One name that comes to mind isformer Vikings running back Dalvin Cook.
Cook was released by the Vikings earlier this off-season and says he’d love to team up with Deandre Hopkins.
So could the Patriots land the star running back? Well, they should at least try!
New England Patriots taking pressure off Stevenson by adding Dalvin Cook
In 2022, Rhamondre Stevenson was a lot of the Patriots offense. Some could even argue that he was pretty much all the Patriots had for offensive weapons last season. If they somehow added Dalvin Cook into the fold, that would take a lot of pressure off of the third year back out of Oklahoma.
Stevenson had 210 rushing attempts in 2022, to go along with 69 receptions. He was a big part of the Patriots offensive gameplan and defenses planned to stop Stevenson, in order to stop the Patriots offense as a whole.
If you add Cook into the mix, you can split the carries between the two backs and it helps everyone. Cook can show why he’s a four time Pro-Bowl running back and Stevenson can be fresher for later in the season. You could argue Stevenson ran out of gas because of his constant usage in only his second NFL season.
So bring in Cook to balance out your running game? C’mon now!
New England Patriots adding another legit offensive weapon in Dalvin Cook
Besides the fact that he can take the pressure of Rhamondre Stevenson, Dalvin Cook is an exceptional weapon to have in your offense.
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Cook is a four time Pro-Bowl running back who has rushed over 1,000 yards in each of the last four seasons. He would tear apart defenses in the NFC North on a consistent basis.
Cook by himself can get you anywhere between 70-90 yards a game, on the ground. Occasionally, he could break off big runs and get into the 100s for yards in any given game. Wouldn’t that be nice to have in this offense?
Patriots should at least kick the tires on Dalvin Cook
Should the Patriots at least pick up the phone and see what it’d take to get Cook to New England? Absolutely!
Will they actually do that is a whole other ordeal.
The salary cap could make things tough. If you get Hopkins, then you’d certainly have to get rid of someone else to get more salary cap room. Maybe a guy like DeVante Parker?
But fans can dream. A backfield of Rhamondre and Dalvin Cook together would be so much fun. Can it become a reality? Only Bill Belichick can answer that and execute it if he sees fit.