Patriots' 6 Biggest Priorities After 2024 Minicamp

What are the New England Patriots' top priorities after minicamp?
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6. Get a package of plays ready to feature Antonio Gibson

The New England Patriots made a pretty interesting move that flew under the radar this offseason when they added running back Antonio Gibson, formerly of the Washington Commanders. Over the course of his first three NFL seasons, Gibson averaged over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and proved he's capable of being heavily involved as a receiver and runner offensively.

And for the Patriots, he could have a crucial role in raising the floor for both/either Jacoby Brissett or Drake Maye.

Rhamondre Stevenson has proven he can carry the load at times as the featured back, but he's better utilized in spots as a receiver out of the backfield as opposed to being prioritized in the passing game. The Patriots knew they needed someone with a vastly different overall skill set to that of Stevenson, and that's why they went after Gibson.

There's no reason why the Patriots shouldn't be getting Gibson at least 50 receptions this season and utilizing his skills both as a downfield receiver and after the catch to help their quarterbacks. A player like this can really upgrade the floor of a young quarterback when they know they can either dump the ball off to them or trust them to create when pressure is bearing down.

The offensive staff in New England doesn't need to focus on getting Gibson 300 touches this season, but finding a clear role for him each week will improve this team from what we saw last season dramatically.

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