Surprise Wide Receiver Emerges to Dominate Patriots Minicamp

The emergence of a surprise pass-catcher in minicamp will complicate the WR rotation for the Patriots.
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The New England Patriots revamped their roster this offseason, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Not only will they have a new signal-caller in either Drake Maye or Jacoby Brissett starting on Week 1, but they also have a new crop of talented wide receivers. Ja'Lynn Polk, Javon Baker, and K.J. Osborn as the latest additions to the receiver rotation will give new head coach Jerod Mayo and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt plenty of options to work with.

The emergence of an unexpected wide receiver, however, may further complicate things. On Wednesday, Kayshon Boutte reportedly dominated the minicamp practice. According to Doug Kyed of the Boston Herald, the sixth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft emerged as a surprise star, catching four touchdowns.

Patriots News: WR Kayshon Boutte Dominates in Practice

The emergence of the former LSU star gives the Patriots another talented receiver with upside. The 22-year-old was seldom used in his rookie season, appearing in five games, and finishing with two catches and 19 yards.

In his second season, Boutte has a chance to have a larger role in the offense. The Patriots have a ton of depth at wide receiver but they don't have too many options clearly ahead of Boutte in the rotation.

Kendrick Bourne, DeMario Douglas, and Ja'Lynn Polk will likely be the starters on Week 1. Osborn will be a big part of the offense as well. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Javon Baker, Jalen Reagor, and Tyquan Thornton are the remaining wide receivers on the roster.

With his performance on Wednesday's practice, there is a chance Boutte might have the edge over them heading into training camp. How each pass-catcher performs there will likely determine their respective roles in the offensive hierarchy.

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