FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots acquired wide receiver DeVante Parker and a 2022 fifth-round pick from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a 2023 third-round pick, a move that has a life-changing effect. significant training in several areas. .
WR depth chart: Parker joins a clear top four on the depth chart alongside Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor. That likely means the end of the road for 2019 first-round pick N’Keal Harry, who once struggled to break through and now faces increased competition. At the same time, that doesn’t stop the Patriots from selecting a receiver in the draft, especially since Meyers and Agholor are scheduled for unrestricted free agency after the 2022 season. In theory, adding Parker would reduce immediate pressure on any rookie receiver and would provide insurance/cushion should the team see fit to use the No. 21 overall pick for a player such as Alabama’s Jameson Williams, who is recovering from a torn ACL and could open the year on the PUP/non-football injury list.
Parker’s style of play: At 6-foot-3, 219 pounds, Parker provides the Patriots with something they didn’t have (partly because Harry never made it): a taller target who can use his size to win in tight situations. disputed holds. Parker’s performance in the 2019 Finals against the Patriots and leading cornerback Stephon Gilmore was an example of what he can be when healthy and at his best (8 catches for 137 yards). Pair that with Agholor’s speed (6-0, 198), Meyers’ versatility/reliability (6-2, 200) and Bourne’s inner explosiveness (6-1, 190), and it’s a top four that doesn’t have a bona fide star, but has various pieces that can potentially create problems for defenses.
Hit Parker: If he is healthy. Those are three of the most important words when it comes to the 29-year-old Parker, who has struggled with hamstring issues at times during his career. He played every game in a season just once. In terms of integrating into Patriots culture, an NFL front office executive projects no problem. “Calm, good guy, hard worker, good teammate,” the executive said.
Draft Picks: The Patriots now have eight picks for the 2022 draft — one in each of the first four rounds, two fifths and two sixths. That’s important because the team entered the offseason with just six and has since added two fifth-round picks in dealing starting right guard Shaq Mason and in that deal for Parker. Bill Belichick generally likes having more choices, which allows for more business flexibility. Dealing a third round in 2023 can be seen as rich, but the club are expecting a compensatory third round next year after losing cornerback JC Jackson in free agency last month. Owner Robert Kraft expressed the importance of the draft to the team after a difficult few years in this regard from 2016 to 2020.
Dominos on the salary cap: The acquisition of Parker and the remaining two years of his contract – $5.65 million in 2022 and $5.7 million in 2023 – should force the team to create space to accommodate him. The Patriots had $4.19 million in cap space going into the weekend. While that’s not a given, it likely reflects that the Patriots’ major personnel moves are over as attention shifts intently to the draft.