July 17, 2024

Patriots

Kendrick Bourne AP Photograph/Matt Ludtke

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Kendrick Bourne advised reporters earlier this month that he’s in the very best form of his life. After a lackluster 2022 season, he’s labored arduous to make sure that he has a greater shot at a productive 2023.

Former Patriots defensive again Devin McCourty predicts that Bourne could have a breakout season this yr.

“The man I’m most enthusiastic about: Kendrick Bourne has a heck of a yr this yr, I feel,” McCourty stated throughout an look on NBC Sports activities Boston’s “Patriots Speak Podcast.” “Being in that offense, I feel he’s probably the most a number of receiver they’ve — inside, outdoors, slightly little bit of vertical, crushes intermediate, short-route man. I feel they’re going to have the ability to use him in a variety of other ways and he’s going to have a giant yr this yr.”

In accordance with ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Bourne credit his spouse with serving to him enhance his offseason routine.

“She helped me decelerate in every part in my life,” Bourne stated. “She taught me to maintain my physique. She could be very lively, figuring out, her vitamin is nice, so she’s helped me cease consuming McDonald’s and all that quick meals and every part. She was that final piece.”

Bourne’s leaping two-handed catch towards Inexperienced Bay was one of many primary highlights throughout the first-team offense’s time on the sphere. He completed with three catches for 34 yards in restricted motion.

The veteran receiver confirmed flashes of what he may convey to the group in 2021, when he caught a career-high 55 passes for 800 yards and 5 touchdowns. Final yr, his manufacturing dropped to 434 receiving yards and one landing catch.

“Final yr, what I went by, it was a battle for me personally,” Bourne advised Reiss. “I used to be going by lots, not doing the precise issues, I wasn’t caring for my physique, I wasn’t getting therapy. It taught me what to not do in a way. It was tough, however I’m grateful for final yr.”

As offense strikes on from a disappointing 2022, it seems Bourne is a giant a part of the plans to show issues round in 2023.