In the Starting Line-Up
A "where the heck did that free agent signing cut/retirement/trade come from coming out of camp" is a common past occurrence during Patriots pre-season. Whether inability to grasp the playbook, doesn't gel with coaches or QB, etc there is usually that one "sure thing" that just isn't a sure thing and ends up either released in some way or doesn't end up playing or producing for the Patriots.2) How quickly can the new skill position players on offense gel? I think on paper they've upgraded a lot talent-wise (definitely at TE, less obviously at WR but still an improvement). But the four new guys have never played together before, and have never played with either of the projected starting QBs. Seeing some chemistry early would be huge for this team. Digging out of an early season hole is not going to be easy for the 2021 Patriots.