Patriots give QB Mac Jones a star wide receiver in NFL free agency
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Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are finally listening to its first-round quarterback.
Mac Jones, a former University of Alabama signal-caller, has been needing a star wide receiver in New England.
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After the Patriots let Jakobi Meyers go, the franchise brought in JuJu Smith-Schuster from the Kansas City Chiefs. Taylor Bisciotti and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network collaborated on the Smith-Schuster report. He came from the University of Southern California in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith-Schuster enjoyed success in Pittsburgh, including the 2018 season where he posted a career-high for receptions (11) and receiving yards (1,426).
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster to sign with Patriots. (via @TaylorBisciotti, @RapSheet) pic.twitter.com/7nSo66dGpP
— NFL (@NFL) March 15, 2023
He had a career-high nine touchdown catches in 2020.
After five years in Pittsburgh, Smith-Schuster signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2022 as a free agent. He caught 78 passes for 933 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Chiefs win Super Bowl LVII over the Philadelphia Eagles. Jones gets a veteran playmaker that can stretch defenses vertically. He had this at Alabama with DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, and John Metchie.
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