We got to a lot of the meaty true/false Patriots questions in our latest podcast — please subscribe, rate and review where you listen to your podcasts! — but there were a lot of great topics sent in far and wide.
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So I figured, why not keep it going in written form?
We tackle a lot of topics, from running backs, the 2022 cap, QB decisions, Justin Fields, Jarrett Stidham and much more:
BEDARD SAYS: TRUE
The Patriots, for one reason or another, have evolved into a four RB team. It would normally be Rex Burkhead in addition to James White being back, but with Burkhead coming back from an ACL tear, they'll have to look elsewhere for Belichick's next binkie back. I don't think Le'Veon Bell is their type of guy, but you never know.
The Patriots could sign another back, but that doesn't mean they're a lock to make the 53. But they could be trade insurance should the Patriots feel the need to deal Sony Michel. Running backs are always getting injured, so you never know what might happen.
BEDARD SAYS: INDIFFERENT
Impossible to say at this point. If more than a few of these guys clearly don't work out, then yes it will cause cap issues. And if Cam Newton plays well, the Patriots are going to have to pay him, which would compound the problem.
I'm also not on board saying that Devin McCourty and Dont'a Hightower are on their way off the cap. That's a big leap at this point in time.
But I like the players they signed, most of them have low bust factors (Nelson Agholor is a worry), and the chances of Newton playing well enough to earn a big contract ... I don't like them.
So while it's possible the Patriots could run into cap issues next year — they have $160 million committed to only 36 players — no one knows that's going to happen.