2. Myles Bryant
Similar to Boutte, Bryant is another player who’s benefitted from an expanded opportunity.
New England’s cornerback room is looking pretty thin right now, especially after first-round draft pick Christian Gonzalez sustained an injury during Wednesday’s practice. Jonathan Jones is also hurt and hasn’t practiced in weeks, while Jack Jones is facing potential legal discipline.
All of that seems to open the door for Bryant, who’s been moved around the secondary this summer but has played well overall. He’s stood out in practice and recorded a pass breakup during the Patriots’ preseason win over the Packers, showing he can be a disruptive threat during games as well.
Bryant is healthy and versatile, which is more than a lot of his teammates can say right now. Belichick typically likes players who can do different things and be utilized in different schemes, so he probably appreciates Bryant’s ability to handle multiple positions.
The other thing Belichick loves that Bryant has shown some flashes of is special teams ability. His special teams snap rate doubled from 11% in 2020 to 22% in 2022, so he could be in for more run there as well.
Between Bryant’s skill set and the team’s glaring need at cornerback, he seems likely to stick around.