5 Players Who Could Be The New England Patriots WR1 in 2022

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Who suits up as the WR1 for the New England Patriots once the 2022 season gets underway? There are a few great options.

The New England Patriots made a massive run down the stretch after disappointing early in the 2021 season. The offense got rolling with Mac Jones playing some great football as a quick game distributor, flashing a bit with some deep accuracy as well. The running game was effective with Damien Harris shouldering the load and Rhamondre Stevenson making the most of touches as well. The defense was itself for much of the year under Bill Belichick, suffocating rookie quarterbacks and keeping the offense in games when they struggled.

However, a late season hiccup against the Colts followed by a loss to the Bills made things look a little bleak for the playoffs. They drew the Bills again in the wild card round, and were sent packing by a better team.

New England Patriots: 5 Potential WR1 Candidates

The Patriots have plenty of positives to take from the season, from the play of Jones to the emergence of Kendrick Bourne and the play of rookie Christian Barmore. One thing seems clear though as we look to the offseason: this team still needs that number one option at wide receiver.

The good news for the Patriots is that the 2022 NFL Draft features several receivers who have the potential to step in and be the top guy in the offense. There are some free agents that are possible to step in, but might require some cap maneuvering. Don’t rule out a trade for one guy either. Let’s look at five possible candidates to take over as WR1 for the New England Patriots in 2022.