Drew Bledsoe Weighs in on Patriots' Drake Maye Selection

The Patriots legend thinks Drake Maye is in good hands in New England.
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The New England Patriots will have a new quarterback at the helm next season. Whether it's on Week 1 or another point in the season, Drake Maye will get the starting job in Foxborough as the team prepares for the post-Bill Belichick era.

Ever since the Patriots drafted Maye with the third-overall pick, much has been bandied about his potential, how long it will take for him to become a quality QB, and what his rookie season will look like.

Obviously, we will not have answers to these until Maye takes the field and shows us what he is capable of. One Patriots legend, however, is fairly optimistic about the North Carolina product.

Drew Bledsoe, the four-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champ quarterback of the Patriots thinks Maye is in an excellent situation in New England. Joining the Up & Adams Show, Bledsoe highlighted his belief that new offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt will play a huge part in Maye's development.

Drew Bledsoe: Drake Maye is Lucky to Have OC Alex Van Pelt

Bledsoe and Van Pelt were teammates with the Buffalo Bills in 2002 and 2003. Van Pelt was Bledsoe's backup in those years and went on to become a highly respected quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in the league for a long time.

Van Pelt joined the Patriots as the offensive coordinator after four seasons with the Cleveland Browns as their OC. Bledsoe believes that this is a godsend for Maye, who can learn a lot from the 54-year-old coach.

Regardless of how bright the future may be in New England, the 2024 season will be an uphill battle. On FanDuel Sportsbook, the over/under for the Patriots' win total is set at 4.5 for the season.

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