Each NFL season, every team has a player that bears a little added attention. So which performer could turn the corner for the New England Patriots in ’17?
Welcome to yet another 32-team series from End Zone Score. In recent months, we took the time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers.
Every NFL season features players that come into their own after a slow start to their careers. It’s tough to tell when each performer’s coming-put party will take place. Some are immediate successes. Others take longer due to numerous circumstances, but they prove to be worth the wait. Here we will try and pinpoint a player from each team in the league that we feel is on the verge of putting it altogether.
Contrary to some opinions, quarterback Tom Brady did not orchestrate the greatest come-from-behind victory in Super Bowl history all by his lonesome. As usual, the New England Patriots play as a team and get contributions from everyone. A perfect example is reserve running back James White. He finished the 34-28 overtime win vs. the Atlanta Falcons with 139 total yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns – including the game-winner – via six carries and 14 receptions.
But one of the players that helped get the ball rolling in what proved to be a 25-point comeback victory was fourth-round pick Malcolm Mitchell. He finished the afternoon with six catches for 70 yards, but five of those receptions came in the fourth quarter. The former University of Georgia standout is surrounded by the likes of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and newcomers Brandin Cooks (New Orleans Saints) and Andrew Hawkins (Cleveland Browns).
Mitchell also comes off a debut season in which he caught 32 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns. Like all of his players, there’s little doubt that Bill Belichick will put the second-year wideout to succeed in a big way. And don’t be surprised if he racks up significant numbers thanks to the presence of new teammates Cooks. And with Brady pulling the trigger, it’s good to be a New England Patriots wide receiver these days.