I didn't blog yesterday cause had a little bit of a blah day. I watched Creed II and played a bunch of Madden before a busy afternoon with my Chiro, brow lady (s/o Hema), and Grandma.
Separately, of course, but ya boi was very much in the loop with the New England Patriots' latest transactions throughout the day. Let's talk about the "big splash" first. The Pats signed Juju Smith-Schuster to the same deal (at least on paper) that Jakobi Meyers got with the Raiders.
I said "here" one too many times. My bad!
I drafted Travis Kelce 15th overall and Patrick Mahomes in the 5th round en route to my first real fantasy football championship, so I paid close attention to the Chiefs this year. Juju is just a guy. Some of my buddies like the move... I don't despise it, but I'm not a fan rn. I'd love to be wrong, but Juju put up those numbers with Patrick Mahomes while defenses focused (and usually failed) on stopping Travis Kelce. I know touchdowns don't always tell the whole story. Megatron only scored 5 the year he broke the yardage record (on a terrible Lions team), but only 3 TD from PATRICK MAHOMES, and one of them was on a broken tackle, is sort of concerning.
I used to be a lot more anti-TikTok, but it's hypocritical of me to hate on something relatively harmless when I'm such a "do whatever you want as long as it doesn't hurt anybody" guy. I mean, the dances and shit can be a distraction. Doing shit on your opponent's 50-yard line is gonna ruffle some feathers. I think a lot of it is lame, but it's nowhere close to being a bad character guy. The Pats have a track record of buying low on stars and stars adjacent, and as a big name more so than an elite player, I'd say Juju is star adjacent, but they're buying high. Sure, the deal isn't outrageous, but keeping Jakobi seems like the smarter move from a pure football standpoint.
I read a tweet or article, idk..something online that said Bill Belichick is trying to get fired, and as crazy as that may seem, it almost makes sense. Maybe he's over Foxboro after all these years. I mean, he is 70, which isn't super old by today's standards, but it's definitely not young. As a self-sabotage guy, I can tell Bill has a little bit of that in him. I mean, he benched his 2nd best corner in the Super Bowl and refused to play him ever when a backup was lighting him up. He's the only coach not in the Head Coaches Association. Have you watched a press conference or seen his wardrobe over the last quarter-century? This man doesn't give a fuck and hasn't for some time.
I just liked Jakobi Meyers a lot. He was a Patriot in every sense of the word, and his production is more impressive to me than Juju's. Jakobi was one of two skill players (Rhamondre Stevenson) who you could actually trust last season. He's never gonna be Tyreek Hill or AJ Brown, but he's good at what he's supposed to be good at. To me, Juju is a dude who had a huge season (2018) early in his career that has been pretty average otherwise. Usually, that production came with a superstar getting the opponent's best defenders and attention. Colin is spot on that this is not what the Patriots do, and the Chiefs are the new Patriots. Kansas City got exactly what they needed out of Juju last season and let him walk. I'd rather have him over Nelson Agholor, but this is the same type of head-scratching deal. Again, I'd love to be wrong, but this dude is still not a true #1 WR, even on his best day. It's like the Raiders swapping Derek Carr for Jimmy G. Are you really improving? Sure, Jimmy's won more, but if you put Derek Carr on the 49ers over the same timeframe, I bet his winning % is close, if not better, than Jimmy's (and I'm a Jimmy guy!).
As for the James Robinson signing. I actually fuck with this one a lot. James had quite the season in 2022.
He rushed for only 425 yards last season, but 230 of them and all three touchdowns came in weeks 1-3. In September, James Robinson was still the man. I even offered someone Gabe Davis for him after week 3. Davis definitely disappointed, but that would've been an awful deal on my end (and could've cost me my ring! sometimes the best moves are the ones you don't make!).
I don't know what happened to James with the Jets, or why the Jags traded him. I get that Travis Etienne emerged as their top back, but for his cost, James Robinson was a nice piece to keep around. I guess you gotta remember the Jags were 2-5 when they traded him. Robinson never caught on with the Jets, which is sort of surprising considering they lost Breece Hall, but this is the type of deal I love to see the Patriots make. They're rolling the dice on a young guy whose shown flashes in the past. Damien Harris wasn't coming back, and while I'm interested to see what he ends up signing for, I like this move.
The Pats still have a long way to go, and with Aaron Rodgers likely joining the division, there's an honest argument to be made that we're the worst team in the AFC East. I wouldn't hate to see DeAndre Hopkins in Foxboro, but he's not 2010s Nuk. I don't know if Mac is the guy going forward. The Pats were linked to Lamar during the draft; who knows what's in store for the Pats? I thought there might be a chance they spin the tires with Rodgers, but either way, this team will always be my fucking team, but they're a longggg way away from being relevant in the AFC. Sure, we threw away like 2-4 games last year and could've made the playoffs, but things are low-key broken at 1 Patriot Place. Idk if these moves will fix anything; hopefully, there's more to come.
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