Patriots WR Kendrick Bourne “Available For The Right Price”

Kendrick Bourne has seen a reduced role in New England this season, and it sounds like the Patriots wideout may be on the trade block. According to Armando Salguero of, Bourne is “available for the right price.”

Following the offseason acquisition DeVante Parker (and, to a lesser extent, the second-round selection of Tyquan Thornton), the Patriots were eyeing a crowded receivers room heading into the 2022 campaign, and the team’s depth at the position meant someone was going to lose out on snaps. Through the first six weeks of the season, that’s been Bourne. The 27-year-old is firmly behind Parker and Jakobi Meyers when it comes to snaps, and he’s now competing with Thornton and veteran Nelson Agholor for any leftover reps.

The receiver only saw a pair of offensive snaps in Week 1. He’s seen an increased role in recent weeks, including a Week 5 outing where he got into 57 percent of his team’s offensive snaps (thanks in part to the absence of Meyers). However, that was followed up by a Week 6 contest where he was limited to only six percent of New England’s offensive snaps. Through six games (one start), Bourne has hauled in 11 receptions for 156 yards.

This is a significant drop from last season, where Bourne emerged as one of Mac Jones‘ favorite targets. After joining the Patriots in the offseason, the wideout proceeded to have a career season, finishing with 55 receptions for 800 yards and five touchdowns. While the team’s crowded WR room has certainly played a role in Bourne’s reduced role, Salguero writes that the wideout’s inconsistency at practice has “gotten him into some trouble” with coaches, particularly offensive play-caller Matt Patricia. It’s usually tough to get out of Bill Belichick’s doghouse, so a trade may ultimately be best for both sides.

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