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Kendrick Bourne is predicting a “Deebo Samuel Year,” according to Patriots Insider.

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New England Patriots fans were left to witness Kendrick Bourne having the best season of his career in 2021, but a Patriots insider believes he’s capable of more.

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Last season, Bourne had career highs in receptions (55), yards (800) and tied his career high in touchdowns (5). Mac Jones and Bourne immediately built chemistry and it paid off.

But NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran thinks Bourne will be even better in 2022.

“If you look at him last year, he caught 55 of the 70 balls,” Curran said. “The passer rating for Mac Jones throwing him was (129.7). Very few drops. He had 125 yards on 10 carries, which is 12.5 (yards per rush).

“He’s doing everything for the Patriots and they’re really going to be in a position where they should be making him the center of their offense.”

Curran went on to compare him to one of the best young wide receivers in the NFL today and a former Bourne teammate, Deebo Samuel.

“He will have a Deebo Samuel year. He’ll be Deebo Samuel this year,” Curran said.

Now that Bourne has proven he can be a top receiver on his team, he wants to be a player that opposing defenses respond to.

Bourne spoke to MassLive’s Chris Mason about who he wants to be as a player in the future.

“I want to be an Impact player. I want to do plays. I want to be a problem for the league,” Bourne told MassLive. “When people come to play us, they know they have to look out for me. I think that goes a long way, instead of thinking, “I want to be the best receiver in the league,” it’s just an Impact player. Showing up as a problem on the other team’s scouting report.”

Last season for the Patriots, Jakobi Meyers and Bourne led the offense in terms of wide receivers. In 2022, Bourne will have some serious competition for goals.

New England acquired DeVante Parker via an offseason trade with the Miami Dolphins, and he’s sure to be the Patriots’ top player this season. Parker joins the Patriots’ roster as the only wide receiver to ever have 1,000 or more receiving yards in a single season.

The Pats also drafted a wide receiver in the second round of this year’s draft. Tyquan Thornton will get an opportunity to make a difference as New England issued him a premium draft pick.

Bourne actually spoke about how talented and quick Thornton has been in training camp so far.

“Very cool man. Relaxed. get charisma. I got him loot, man,” Bourne said. “Fits well. He’s a learner. he wants to learn He wants to grow and that’s the biggest thing. He has a lot of potential.”

So if Bourne wants to have a performance similar to Samuel’s, he needs to get off to a good start and prove he’s worthy of being the focus of New England’s passing attack.

“Very cool man. Relaxed. get charisma. I got him loot, man,” Bourne said. “Fits well. He’s a learner. he wants to learn He wants to grow and that’s the biggest thing. He has a lot of potential.”

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