New England Patriots
The New England Patriots offense became known for their use of tight ends throughout the 2010’s, especially with the rise to stardom of Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski became a focal point of Josh McDaniels’ offense, who has shown he can tailor his offense to his personnel.
However, with the departure of Tom Brady, there are plenty of questions about the New England offense. Although it remains to be seen if Cam Newton or Jarrett Stidham will be the starting quarterback, tight ends could become a key part of New England’s 2020 offense.
In Carolina, Newton relied on Greg Olsen in the middle of the field. Newton took advantage of Olsen in the middle of the field, so adding a tight end who can become a go-to target in the passing game could be what Newton needs in New England.
If Stidham becomes the starting quarterback, New England could decide to ease the load on the young quarterback by not forcing him to push the ball outside of the numbers. Putting a receiving tight end in the middle of the field could create easier throws for Stidham, helping him become acclimated to being the starting quarterback.
It will be difficult for the Patriots to swing a deal for Njoku, as they have little wiggle room with their cap space. New England also drafted two tight ends in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, so adding a veteran tight end like Njoku may not be a priority for the Patriots.