2. Rhamondre Stevenson
Jones isn't the only offensive player on the hot seat in New England. Third-year running back Rhamondre Stevenson has also fallen short of his potential this season.
After racking up 1,461 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in 2022, Stevenson's production has fallen off a cliff. If nothing changes going forward, his current production rate puts him on pace for just 935 total yards and three or four TDs — not exactly the level of play you want from your RB1.
While offensive line struggles hold some of the blame, the truth is that Stevenson just isn't doing much with his opportunities. According to Football Reference, Stevenson's average yards per carry (2.8) ranks 42nd among 44 qualified players.
Sure, negative game scripts also hurt Stevenson's ground production, but that doesn't excuse his declining receiving numbers. He went from averaging 24.8 receiving yards and a 78.4% catch percentage in 2022 to 17.4 and 66.7%, respectively, in 2023.
Stevenson needs to prove his worth in Week 6 against the Raiders, who are allowing the 10th-most rushing yards in the NFL. If he can't produce against that unit, alarm bells should be going off as far as the Patriots' backfield is concerned.