New England Patriots Depth Chart
- AFC East
- Gillette Stadium
- Head Coach
- Bill Belichick
- Offensive Coordinator
- Bill O'Brien
- Defensive Coordinator
- Special Teams Coach
- Cameron Achord
- Defensive Scheme
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said on Monday that he hopes linebackers coach Jerod Mayo will eventually be the team's head coach whenever Bill Belichick decides to end his Hall of Fame career. "There's no ceiling on his ability to be a head coach, and he'll be a head coach," Kraft said at the owners meetings on Monday. "I'm sure of that. I hope he's with us. So we'll see what happens." Mayo has interviewed for head-coaching jobs in the last couple of years before agreeing to a long-term extension with the Patriots this offseason. He's been a de facto defensive coordinator alongside Steve Belichick for the last several years. Before he started coaching, the 37-year-old was a Pro Bowler and a highly respected captain in New England. Belichick, who turns 71 in April, is just 18 wins shy of matching Don Shula for the most wins in NFL history.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick hinted that the team will have a competition at quarterback in 2023 between Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe. Jones made the Pro Bowl and led the team to the playoffs as a rookie in 2021, but he regressed last year after offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels left to become the Las Vegas Raiders' head coach. "Everybody will get a chance to play," Belichick said. "We'll play the best player." Owner Robert Kraft continues to support Jones publicly. The addition of offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien should put Jones in a better position to succeed again, but he'll have to win the job over Zappe in training camp this summer. Even if Jones remains the team's starter in 2023, he'll be an unappealing low-end QB2 in fantasy.
The New England Patriots have re-signed defensive back Jalen Mills on Wednesday. The two sides have agreed on a one-year contract worth up to $6.1 million for the 2023 season. The organization released Mills earlier this offseason, which saved the team $5 million in cap space. Now, the two sides come together again with what is likely a heavy incentive based contract. Mills recorded 31 tackles and two interceptions in 10 games with the Patriots last season. He's a quality defensive back, so this is a nice move by the Pats.
The New England Patriots released defensive back Jalen Mills on Friday, according to a source. The move saves the team around $5 million against the 2023 salary cap. Mills played in only 10 games in his second year with the Patriots in 2022 due to injuries and finished with a career-low 31 tackles (26 solo), two interceptions and five passes defensed. In his two years in New England, the 28-year-old recorded 61 solo tackles, two interceptions, 12 passes defensed and a fumble recovery in 26 regular season starts. The former seventh-round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016 should latch on with another team and should be ready for training camp this summer.
The New England Patriots have reached an agreement with free-agent tight end Mike Gesicki. The two sides have come to terms on a one-year, $9 million contract for the 2023 season. This move gives the Patriots a second tight end after they traded Jonnu Smith to the Atlanta Falcons. Gesicki is coming off a down year this past season, but recorded 70 receptions in 2021. The potential is there, but Gesicki didn't fit well in Mike McDaniel's system. He'll likely be stuck in a timeshare with Hunter Henry in New England. Hopefully, a change of scenery will make Gesicki fantasy relevant again.