In his first season as a member of the New England Patriots, Kendrick Bourne had some great successes. That’s not just an observation, the numbers show that Bourne did just that.
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In 2021, Bourne had a great start to his career with the Patriots. He had 55 receptions for 800 yards and five touchdowns. Bourne also averaged 14.5 yards per catch with New England.
USAToday Marcus Moser compiles the number of times the wide receiver gained 10 or more yards on a catch or run. Bourne had 16 big plays from 82 looks to finish fifth in the NFL overall.
With 19.5% of Bourne’s plays gaining 10 yards or more, the average wide receiver only gets a big play about every five looks he gets.
Bourne is easily the best patriot in this area of the game. Nelson Agholor is at 13.4% and Jakobi Meyers at 9.4%. Agholor ranks 33rd among the rest of the NFL, while Meyers is 72nd.
just like bourne Rhamondre Stevenson is one of the best “big play” running backs in the entire NFL. Stevenson had 22 plays for 10 or more yards on 147 touches. That’s enough for third place in the league with a 15% big play ratio. Only Nick Chubb and Rashaad Penny beat the rookie running back.
Stevenson had a great start to his career, having 133 rushing attempts for 606 yards and five touchdowns. The rookie also averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2021. For a fourth-round pick, that’s a great accomplishment in his first season.
The Patriots will be hoping for my big things from Bourne once the 2022 NFL regular season begins. In Mac Jones’ second season, Bourne will once again be one of the quarterbacks’ favorite targets.
After a full season in New England, fans are hoping Bourne will feel more comfortable and adept in the Patriots system. Maybe he can have an even better season in 2022?
New England went out and brought in some new wide receivers to add to the roster. DeVante Parker will be the Patriots’ top wideout, meaning opposing teams’ focus will shift from Bourne to players like Parker and Meyers. This would allow Bourne to capitalize on some great opportunities to make some big plays.
The same goes for Stevenson. While James White returns from an injury-plagued 2021 season, Stevenson has proven to be a better rusher. Damian Harris will continue to lead the way as lead back, but Stevenson will get his snaps.
New England also rounded out its running back room by drafting Pierre Strong Jr. and Kevin Harris in 2022. There will be a lot of competition for the position but it would be a surprise if Stevenson ended up being cut.
So, Patriots fans should brace themselves for some exciting football in the upcoming season. With Bourne and Stevenson in the roster, there will be plenty of big games on the field.