5 Patriots Whose Stock is Rising After OTAs

The New England Patriots' OTAs will come to an end in the next few days. While some players failed to impress, these five individuals' stock couldn't be higher after the last few weeks.
WR Tyquan Thornton's stock is on the rise following OTAs.
WR Tyquan Thornton's stock is on the rise following OTAs. / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Javon Baker, WR

Javon Baker is another Patriots WR who has seen his stock climb during OTAs. The franchise drafted the former UCF product with April's 110th overall selection after he racked up nearly 2,000 receiving yards and 12 TDs across two seasons with the Knights.

While some players entered OTAs without any distractions, that wasn't the case for Baker. Rumors stemming from an anonymous AFC executive indicated that the 22-year-old is bringing off-field concerns to New England, including unsubstantiated rumors related to his father.

Much to the doubters' dismay, though, Baker has quieted everyone with a strong offseason performance. Even if it's only OTAs, the rookie wideout looks at home on an NFL field and has already connected with backup QB Jacoby Brissett on a handful of highlight-reel passes.

While hyping up a player's offseason performance is all a part of the NFL experience, it's gotten to the point where some outlets are labeling Baker as one of the steals of the 2024 draft.

The Patriots have a handful of solid wideouts on the roster, but the No. 1 WR role is up for grabs. If Baker can prove that the hype he's been creating isn't just smoke and mirrors, he should be in the mix to be one of the team's top passing targets next season.