The New England Patriots have already taken their first steps for the 2021 season. It’s not the signing of the quarterback of the future if you don’t think Jake Dolegala has that potential, but they did sign 10 players for futures contracts this week.
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Signature of 10 players
If you know the Patriots’ training team for the 2020 season, you will recognize most of the names on this list. Here are 10 players signed by the Patriots.
- Roberto Aguayo – C – St. John’s, NL Florida.
- Jake Dolegala – QB – Center. St. John’s Connecticut
- Bill Murray – D.L. – William & Mary.
- Ross Reynolds. – OL – Iowa.
- Justin Rohrwasser. – K – Marshall.
- D’Angelo Ross – DB – New Mexico.
- Devin Smith – WR – State of Ohio
- Nick Thurman – D.L. – Houston.
- Christian Wilkerson – Missouri, Rhode Island.
- Isaiah Zuber – WR – Mississippi State.
In case you don’t know, a futures contract is very similar to a normal active standard registry transaction. The same minimum wages, ceilings and drawing bonuses apply, but the terms of the futures contract do not take effect until the beginning of the next championship year, which is usually in March.
NFL teams can sign players after the end of the previous regular season, but the money doesn’t count towards the salary scale for the season that just ended. Due to the terms of these contracts, players on the coaching staff are more inclined to sign these contracts. An attacker contract protects the players from the risk of being caught by other teams during the off-season.
So if the Patriots use these 10 players as players they think are worth drawing for the future, they see them as potential contributors for the next season.
Guaranteed shooting match
Now that Patriots Roberto Aguayo and Justin Rohrwasser have signed, it looks like the team will have a kicking league during training camp and possibly prior to the season.
Nick Faulk had a great year for the Patriots in 2020, but he was able to get a higher contract than the team wants to pay him in 2021. The team also had a fifth-round choice on Rorwasser, so they would like to get something out of it. Rohrwasser had no playing time during the regular season, so Aguayo’s signing last month may have been an insurance policy.
Anyway, the Patriots’ shooting match could lead to a small but interesting story for next season.
Broadband weapons Receiver on deck ?
Smith, Wilkerson and Zuber have something most ordinary Patriots receivers don’t have, and that’s speed. Zuber had a few chances with the main team in 2020, but he was relegated to a few jet sweeps. I thought it would be interesting to see what he could do with more opportunities in the course of the year, but maybe in 2021. Wilkerson got a call, but he didn’t have a target. He has a good height (1.80 m) and good sportiness, but he seems to be developing.
Smith signed on late in the season and has some NFL experience with the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys, but has struggled with knee injuries. Smith’s speed is his most remarkable feature, but due to the problems with longevity, the patriots cannot expect him to make a contribution in 2021.
None of these types can influence what the Patriots do in the Free Project or Agency. Still, Smith and Zuber are names to remember in case they get a chance to play a role next season.