December 6, 2023


Boutte hasn’t performed in a sport because the Patriots’ season opener.

The Patriots have a variety of depth on the receiver postition, leaving Kayshon Boutte on the surface trying in. (AP Picture/Greg M. Cooper)
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A coaching camp filled with potential for Patriots rookie Kayshon Boutte hasn’t translated to the common season.

New England has a deep receiver group in 2023, and Boutte hasn’t been in a position to crack the lineup because the season opener. That sport, he was focused 4 occasions however didn’t file a catch.

Even whereas the Patriots had JuJu Smith-Schuster and Demario Douglas sidelined with accidents, head coach Invoice Belichick didn’t play Boutte. On a couple of event, New England promoted Jalen Reagor from the observe squad relatively than dressing Boutte.

This week, the Patriots reportedly inked a contract with Reagor to maintain him on the 53-man roster full-time. That transfer fueled hypothesis about Boutte’s spot within the pecking order throughout the receiver group. In Week 7, Reagor performed his most snaps in a sport this season (25).

“It’s been a really aggressive state of affairs,” Invoice Belichick stated of the receivers throughout his press convention Friday. “All people’s in it. Clearly, the blokes that carry out the most effective play probably the most. Those that don’t must carry out higher.”

In Week 1, Boutte had the second-most offensive snaps of any New England extensive receiver. Kendrick Bourne led the way in which with 73, adopted by Boutte (55), Smith-Schuster (43), and Douglas (33).

Many exterior components weighed into that depend, although.

The Patriots have been skinny on the place to start out the season. DeVante Parker and Tyquan Thornton have been each inactive. Smith-Schuster’s knee harm could have led to much less snaps early within the season. That left extra reps on the desk for Bourne, Douglas, and Boutte.

Availability can typically be the most effective skill, particularly for gamers looking for a footing within the lineup. Belichick famous that could be a issue with Boutte, who was restricted in observe final week with a hamstring harm.

“Follow each week. They’re all on the market,” Belichick stated when requested what Boutte can do to develop and see extra motion.

Boutte is on the surface trying in now, with six receivers seemingly forward of him on the depth chart.