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Patriots ‘May Trade’ disappoints WR, per analyst

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The New England Patriots used wide receiver Tyquan Thornton in the second round. The lightning-fast Baylor product gets a chance to succeed where Nelson Agholor failed in the 2021 season.

If Thornton and others take off, some analysts think Agholor could be on the trading bloc.

After a bad year, could the Patriots find a taker for Agholor?

“In 2020 with the Las Vegas Raiders, wide receiver Nelson Agholor averaged 18.7 yards per reception, but he didn’t deliver big-play production with the New England Patriots last year,” wrote Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton. “The team can trade him after adding [DeVante Parker] Parker and rookie runner-up Tyquan Thornton.”

Both Parker and Thornton give the Patriots the kind of downfield threat Mac Jones didn’t have as a rookie. The Patriots Agholor would build on what he did with the Raiders the previous year and there were even hopes N’Keal Harry would finally break out.

Neither happened and it seems that Harry is on his way out as well. The team declined to exercise his fifth-year option. At the very least, Harry will be an unrestricted free agent by the end of the 2022 season.

He’s perhaps more likely to be put on a trade or simply fired before the start of the 2022 season. In any case, the Patriots WR group is heading for noticeable sales.

Things may change once Week 1 rolls around, but if the season starts anytime soon, the Patriots’ No. 1 receiver would likely be Parker. Jakobi Meyers, the leading receiver for the past two years, would settle at No. 2, while spark plug Kendrick Bourne landed at No. 3.

According to ESPN, Agholor joins Parker, followed by recently signed Ty Montgomery and Malcolm Perry. Thornton would be behind Meyers, followed by 2021 seventh-rounder Tre Nixon and veteran special-teamer Matthew Slater.

Right now, Harry and Kristian Wilkerson are behind Bourne.

One of the biggest nose tackles in NFL history, and definitely one of the best in Patriots history, came due Tuesday.

The Patriots announced the induction of Vince Wilfork into the team’s Hall of Fame and was released this tribute video to acknowledge him.

Wilfork was drafted by the Patriots in 2004 in the first round and 21st overall from Miami. He played 11 of his 13 NFL seasons with the Patriots. He helped anchor a defense that featured heavily on two Super Bowl teams. Wilfork was selected to five Pro Bowls while also forming an All-Pro team.

If the old adage that says the best skill is availability is true, Wilfork was as capable as anyone. Over the course of his career, Wilfork missed just 19 games, with the bulk of that time coming in 2013 when he played in just 4 games.

Stats aside, there’s no way to quantify Wilfork’s effect as a run stuffer and block absorber. It will be difficult to find anyone who would question Wilfork’s induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame. You might find even more people dedicated to getting him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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