Bill Belichick declined to explain Kendrick Bourne’s surprise absence

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Patriots receiver Kendrick Bourne did not dress for Friday night’s preseason game against the Panthers. His absence remained a mystery after Bill Belichick’s availability.

The coach wouldn’t reveal why Bourne didn’t play.

He wasn’t available,” Belichick said, via Zack Cox of NESN.

Bourne was kicked out of Tuesday’s joint practice with the Panthers for fighting, and then spent Wednesday working with the second team.

His spot on the roster is anything but guaranteed.

In 14 practices this summer, Bourne has caught more than one pass from starting quarterback Mac Jones in team drills only once, per Cox, and that came on the first day of training camp.

Belichick was asked a follow-up question about Bourne’s availability for next week’s joint practices with the Raiders. He said receiver Kristian Wilkerson is the only player not expected to participate with Wilkerson still recovering from a concussion.

“I expect probably all of our players to be available this week with maybe the exception of Wilkerson,” Belichick said. “We’ll see what happens, unless somebody walks in here with something today, but I think we should be pretty close with everybody. Hopefully. We’ll see how it goes.”

Bourne caught 55 passes for 800 yards and five touchdowns in 2021.

12 responses to “Bill Belichick declined to explain Kendrick Bourne’s surprise absence

  1. Undisciplined and untalented players all over this barren roster. Just another reason Brady ditched belicheat.

  2. It’s pretty obvious Kendrick is in the BB dog house. He was the second leading receiver for the team last season, but has been practicing mostly with the second team all camp — where he been targeted more than twice a practice on only two occasions. Coming into camp he looked like he has a shot at WR 1, but now is slotted at WR 5. Getting ejected for throwing punches in one of the fights with the Panthers certainly didn’t help his status. The Patriots were 14th is passing yards and 15th in passing TD’s last season, so BB drafted Tyquan Thornton in the second round and traded for DeVante Parker — both of whom have spent more time getting reps with the first team that Kendrick. Perhaps a trade is in his future, right NKeal?

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