Karen Guregian: The Patriots aren't helping Kendrick Bourne or DeVante Parker

Karen Guregian, Boston Herald on

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Two games into the season, the Patriots are averaging 12 points per game. That’s third worst in the NFL behind Indianapolis and Dallas.

While the Patriots defense has held up its end, the offensive output clearly has to improve if the Pats want to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Where to start?

Obviously, quarterback Mac Jones has to play better, and the tight ends need to be more involved, but there’s one other area that’s screaming for improvement.

Specifically, the Patriots need more from wide receivers DeVante Parker and Kendrick Bourne. Neither has been utilized to the fullest extent, or in one case, employed hardly at all.

To this point, they can be classified as a pair of untapped assets.


Even with Jakobi Meyers firmly established as Jones’ go-to-guy, and Nelson Agholor providing some splash on the outside, the Patriots need to squeeze more out of one or both of these receivers.

Let’s start with Parker.

Over the course of the first two games, he’s been on the field for a majority of the offensive snaps. And produced next to nothing.

He’s had just one catch for nine yards on four targets. Lil’ Jordan Humphrey has as many catches. Making matters worse, two of Parker’s targets have resulted in Jones’ interceptions.


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