4 Biggest Winners From Patriots Offseason Workouts

The New England Patriots are ready for the next stage of the offseason with the mandatory minicamp in the books. In the meantime, here are the four biggest winners from the team's offseason workouts thus far.
WR Ja'Lynn Polk is one Patriot whose been a winner this offseason.
WR Ja'Lynn Polk is one Patriot whose been a winner this offseason. / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Kayshon Boutte, WR

Speaking of offseason workout winners, Kayshon Boutte likely would've been on this list last year. The former 2023 sixth-rounder thrived throughout last offseason's workouts and brought that momentum with him into the preseason, where he caught all four of his targets for 56 yards, a touchdown, and two first downs.

Much to his dismay, though, Boutte failed to successfully capitalize on the hype. He was a healthy scratch by Bill Belichick in eight of the Patriots' first nine games and only played in four of the final eight, ending his rookie year with just five games played. He didn't make the most of his limited opportunities, though, catching just 2-of-7 (28.6%) of targets for 19 yards and two dropped passes.

Boutte didn't do himself any favors in Patriots fans' eyes when he was arrested in January due to his gambling while being underage during his time at LSU.

While similar legal issues would be overwhelming for some young players, that hasn't been the case for Boutte. With a supportive head coach in his corner, the ex-Tiger came alive throughout the minicamp process, even connecting with rookie QB Drake Maye on three consecutive TD passes at one point.

The 22-year-old wideout has also shown improvement regarding the little things. He's shown solid speed and verticality that has helped separate himself from cornerbacks and his ability to adjust on targets makes it look like he can catch anything thrown his way at times.

If Boutte stays healthy and out of any more off-field issues, he could be a sleeper for the Patriots this fall. He showed last offseason that he has playmaking potential, so let's hope he can find a way to demonstrate that ability again.