Troy Brown addresses Kendrick Bourne’s slide on the depth chart

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Patriots receiver Kendrick Bourne, in his second season with the team, remains stuck on the second string. Receivers coach Troy Brown addressed Bourne’s status with reporters on Monday.

“Obviously, he hasn’t had the type of offseason that he had last year, but he’s been working at it just like everybody else,” Brown said, via Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “He’s coming along, and he’s getting more and more reps as the camp goes on here. As we go into the first game here, he’s getting more and more reps. We’re going to play the guys who deserve to play.”

Bourne is struggling to hold a spot of significance on the depth chart. He’s behind Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, and DeVante Parker. But for the injury suffered by rookie Tyquan Thornton, Bourne could be at No. 5.

Brown insists the demotion isn’t disciplinary.

“He hasn’t done anything wrong, or bad, or anything like that,” Brown said.

That said, Bourne got the boot from joint practices with the Panthers after fighting, and then he didn’t play in the preseason game against Carolina.

He wasn’t available,” coach Bill Belichick said at the time.

Brown reiterated the reality that the receiver position remains a meritocracy.

“There’s no named person that’s going to be out there playing more than another person,” Brown said. “It’s just going to be whoever earns the right to go out there and play. They’re going to be the guys who play for us on Sundays.”

That’s how it always goes for the Patriots. Still, more was expected of Bourne for 2022. Last year, he was targeted 70 times in 17 games, with 55 catches, 800 yards, and five touchdowns. He had seven catches for 77 yard and both touchdowns in a 47-17 postseason blowout loss at Buffalo.

26 responses to “Troy Brown addresses Kendrick Bourne’s slide on the depth chart

  1. Plenty of talent in the wr room but they all come with injury concerns gonna be real interesting.

  2. But I talked up Bourne like he was amazing last year. This can’t be happening!

    By far the most expensive wide receiver and tight end group in this league and by far the worst?

    Wait, I know. BB is doing this because he’s a GENIUS. That’s what!

  3. Someone needs to buy Xavien Howard some ChapStick. He will dry out his lips from licking his chops all week.

  4. When your #5 is a guy who had 800 yds receiving with a rookie qb, you’re loaded at the position.

    The media has been trying to tell us the roster stinks for many months, yet they probably have tbe best 1-5 receiver room in the conference.

  5. Bourne was not a great acquisition….but he was better than Jonnu Smith. Smith was a complete whiff.

  6. touchback6 says:
    September 6, 2022 at 12:59 pm
    When your #5 is a guy who had 800 yds receiving with a rookie qb, you’re loaded at the position.

    **********************************************

    He got those 800 yards on only 70 targets. That’s extraordinary. By comparison it took DaVante Adams 169 targets to get his 1500 yards. So 100 extra targets for only 700 extra yards.

    Love this WR room. Filled with guys who get open & catch the ball.

  7. Best in the conference? Miami and Buffalo, maybe Jets lap your team. He was in a pass happy offense in SF. I still thought he was just average. BB had slipped into the bottom half with his “acquisitions “. Maybe if he had a real QB….. or at least an O coordinator. 😆 🤣 😂

  8. The Laquon Treadwell signing is quietly a nice pickup. He’s 6’2″ 215, and has a bit of a linebackers attitude with the ball in his hands. Not the fastest guy, but he does get open and make contested catches, and probably can run block pretty well, similar to what they had with N’Keal Harry, who mind you, in spite of his shortcomings as a pass catcher was one of the best blocking WR’s in the NFL last year. With just 4 healthy WR’s, do the Patriots activate Humphrey or Treadwell off the PS? I’d go with Humphrey for now, but don’t be shocked if you see Treadwell at some point early in the season to see what they have. It would be a good test for how easy the new system is supposed to be for new receivers to adapt to, although I think they are straddling the old and new systems right now. More will be revealed, and Treadwell isn’t going to be the MVP (lol) but he looks like a potential contributor.

  9. “He was in a pass happy offense in SF.”

    49ers are usually in the top three in rushes per game at about a 50/50 split. So I don’t know where you get your “pass happy” reference from.

  10. I’d like to see Lil Jordon activated for the game against Miami…. Having a good rotation of WR’s will be critical in the sweltering heat at Miami, especially this early in the year….
    Treadell just got there & needs more time & reps in the system before being activated over Humphrey who’s been there a while longer & has thus far shown great chemistry with Mac10

  11. dbluv says:
    September 6, 2022 at 3:20 pm
    How long before BB is on the hot seat? My guess is before game 7.

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    Except you predict that every year, then go quieter as the season goes on and the Pats are winning after all. Except the Cam Newton year. Did they put out a video for that year? Some of you guys could use something like that to cling to for emotional support.

  12. Hahahaha what a joke of a team. Completely exposed since Brady left. Nothing but humiliating blowout losses all b the future.

  13. How does having a 6th ranked offense and a top 10 defense and a probowl qb and making the playoffs add up to being “exposed”.? If you stop spewing randomly chosen adjectives and go see what the truth is….oh wait. You are saying that stuff to help you hide from the truth. Carry on.

  14. 6th ranked offense

    ++++++++++++++++

    Most of the points from the games when defense completely dominated opponents, like 149 points in 3 games against Jets, Jags and Browns.

    QUALITY the #6 is extremely low.

  15. William Lee says:
    September 6, 2022 at 5:40 pm
    6th ranked offense

    ++++++++++++++++

    Most of the points from the games when defense completely dominated opponents, like 149 points in 3 games against Jets, Jags and Browns.

    QUALITY the #6 is extremely low.

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    In the NFL season a team plays 17 games. When one considers there are 32 teams, after the 6 games for divisional opponents are removed, a team 11 0f the 28 other teams or roughly 40%. So every team plays a similar schedule, a mix of good & bad offenses, in varying degrees of good health or bad.

    To suggest the Patriots scoring the 6th most points in the league is in some way invalid because a couple of the teams were bad — without mentioning the Top 5 teams in points scored also played their share of bad teams, or that NE had to play the #1 defense twice — is disingenuous, at best.

    Some use stats to see what they might learn. Others try to weaponize stats to support an opinion they formed prior to looking at the stats.

  16. In the NFL season a team plays 17 games. When one considers there are 32 teams, after the 6 games for divisional opponents are removed, a team 11 0f the 28 other teams or roughly 40%. So every team plays a similar schedule, a mix of good & bad offenses, in varying degrees of good health or bad.

    Some use stats to see what they might learn. Others try to weaponize stats to support an opinion they formed prior to looking at the stats.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++’

    Looks like you didn’t learn from last 5 games and don’t understand the meaning of quality.

  17. Stats were really relevant in the patriots last game when they got completely outclassed, obliterated and exposed. This team is an utter joke since Brady ditched it, and will never be close to relevant again without Brady around for the cheater coach to ride his back and try to steal the credit.

  18. That’s a prediction I’ve never, ever made before. Not even verbally. Feel free to look, because “the truth is out there”.

  19. All of the Pats WR’s now are pretty good, but unless Thornton turns out to be great they dont have a superstar. I think if Parker can stay healthy he wud be their number 1 and he is a pretty good receiver, but he isnt one of the top tier receivers. I think the Pats have pretty good players at every position but they just dont have any game changers other than Matt Judon and if u can block him then the defense prolly isnt going to be that scary and the offense isnt going to be making big plays like the other top teams in the AFC

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