Bolsters Patriots' WR corps
The addition of Parker gives the Patriots "a physical boundary receiver with No. 1 potential," according to Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic.
That's a notion echoed by ESPN's Mike Reiss, who suggests that Parker is projected to fill a role -- that of a big target who can win in contested-catch scenarios -- which 2019 first-rounder N'Keal Harry wasn't able to seize. Per Fairburn, if Parker can stay healthy, the 29-year-old has a chance to emerge as the Patriots' top wideout, but Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor all remain in the mix for targets, as do tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. Despite the potential that New England's offense spreads the ball around among its pass catchers and continues to rely heavily on the run, Parker has the skill to bounce back in 2022 after posting a 40-515-2 stat line (on 73 targets) in 10 games with the Dolphins last season.
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Meyers (undisclosed) officially signed his second-round tender from the Patriots on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Meyers (undisclosed) said Thursday that his minicamp participation has been limited by "pretty much normal bumps and bruises," Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports.
White (hip) was limited during Wednesday's minicamp practice, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Henry was limited during Wednesday's minicamp practice due to an undisclosed injury, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Meyers was limited during Wednesday's minicamp practice due to an undisclosed injury, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Harry is slated to attend the Patriots' mandatory minicamp this week, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.
As Jones approaches his second NFL season, the quarterback's increased leadership has caught the eye of his teammates, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Keene was only able to practice in a limited capacity during New England's OTAs last week, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
White (hip) was a limited participant in the Patriots' OTAs, which started Monday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Harry was absent for Day 1 of New England's OTAs on Monday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.