Demario Douglas Reveals What Drake Maye First Said to Him After Patriots Selection

After the New England Patriots drafted Drake Maye third overall at the 2024 NFL Draft, WR Demario Douglas has since revealed his first exchange with the franchise's new QB.
Demario Douglas revealed his first text exchange with Drake Maye.
Demario Douglas revealed his first text exchange with Drake Maye. / Kevin R. Wexler / USA TODAY NETWORK

The New England Patriots' 2023 campaign was filled with shortcomings, especially when it came to the quarterback room. But even with Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe providing headaches more often than not, the lackluster play under center didn't stop Demario Douglas from performing as one of the NFL's top rookie wide receivers.

Fast forward to now and Patriots fans can't wait to see how Douglas grows alongside QB Drake Maye, who the Patriots selected third overall last month. Although it can take some time for a receiver and quarterback to foster chemistry, it looks like New England's offensive duo has already begun to bond.

Patriots News: Demario Douglas' First Interaction with Drake Maye

On Tuesday, Douglas spoke to the media about a variety of topics, including the incoming rookie QB. According to MassLive's Mark Daniels, the 23-year-old playmaker reached out and welcomed Maye to the team following his draft selection only for the ex-UNC signal-caller to respond with a simple message: "Let's work, Pop."

The fact that Maye is already using Douglas' nickname — 'Pop' — is a good sign when it comes to their developing chemistry. For those who are unaware, the former Liberty receiver was given the nickname from his grandfather, who passed away following the former's first birthday.

Patriots fans would love it if Maye is the key to helping Douglas' development hit that next step. The diminutive playmaker was already one of New England's top weapons as a rookie, having paced the team's WR in receptions (49) and receiving yards (561). Unfortunately, the one thing that Douglas couldn't do in Year 1 was score, finishing with zero TDs.

Nevertheless, it isn't guaranteed that we'll see the Douglas-Maye connection in action this season. After all, the Patriots did sign veteran QB Jacoby Brissett this offseason as a potential stop-gap if they don't want to throw the rookie arm into the fire. From betting odds to insider reports, all signs point to Maye spending more time on the bench than not in 2024.

At the end of the day, taking time with a potential franchise QB is never a bad idea (Ex: Green Bay Packers and Jordan Love). If the Patriots can properly develop Maye and Douglas' development continues to trend upward, the franchise could have something special on its hands.

Time will reveal what potential impact Maye and Douglas will have for New England this fall. The Patriots are already facing an uphill battle ahead of the 2024 NFL season as FanDuel Sportsbooks lists their projected win total at 5.5, favoring the Under at -142 odds.

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