3 Low-Cost Playmakers the Patriots Should Target in Free Agency

After their offense was among the NFL's worst last season, the New England Patriots should target these three low-cost free-agent playmakers.

Veteran WR Josh Reynolds is one low-cost playmaker that the Patriots should target.
Veteran WR Josh Reynolds is one low-cost playmaker that the Patriots should target. / David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports
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The New England Patriots had a plethora of issues in 2023 and a lackluster offense was one of them. It seemed like the Patriots couldn't get anything going no matter who they faced, finishing the year tied for dead last in points per game and 30th in total yards.

New England has slowly begun to upgrade its attack now that free agency is underway. Kendrick Bourne and Hunter Henry — two of the Pats' better pass-catchers last year — have been re-signed while veteran running back Antonio Gibson has been brought in to complement Rhamondre Stevenson in the backfield.

Having said that, those moves likely aren't good enough to completely turn around last season's worst offense. The good news is that there are still plenty of low-cost playmakers that the Patriots can target in free agency, including these three individuals.

Patriots Should Target WR Josh Reynolds in Free Agency

It isn't a secret that the Patriots' wide receiver room was dreadful outside of (pre-injury) Kendrick Bourne and rookie Demario Douglas last season. With JuJu Smith-Schuster seemingly washed, Tyquan Thornton looking like a bust, and Kayshon Boutte dealing with legal issues, it'd be wise for New England to target someone like Josh Reynolds.

Reynolds, 29, is a veteran playmaker with over 100 games of NFL experience. He won't dominate opposing defenses, but he's a solid secondary option who's coming off an impressive season with the Detroit Lions that saw him rack up 608 yards and five touchdowns on 40 catches across 17 games.

For reference, the ex-Texas A&M product would've ranked first in receiving yards and TDs if he was in the Patriots' WR room last season.

Reynolds also proved that he can step up when needed. In the only game that Amon-Ra St. Brown missed last season, the San Antonio, TX native hauled in five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown.

It's easy to see how the Patriots would benefit by adding Reynolds to the fold next season.