3 All-Time Patriots Greats the Team Could Use Most in 2020

Max Staley
Rob Gronkowski in his prime could be a huge help to the New England Patriots this season.
Rob Gronkowski in his prime could be a huge help to the New England Patriots this season. / Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
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The New England Patriots had an uncharacteristically poor season in 2019, at least by their lofty standards. But a 12-4 record and a first-round playoff exit just won't cut it when you're coming off three straight Super Bowl appearances (and two wins).

But a down season can't stop fans from fantasizing about the future, or the past. So let's combine the two, and take a look at three all-time Patriots' greats the team could use the most going forward.

3. Curtis Martin

Curtis Martin would've been great on the Patriots.
Curtis Martin would've been great on the Patriots. / Ben Hider/Getty Images

Of course, another way to help out a struggling team is through building a dominant running game. We saw how impactful that was in New England's 2018 postseason run, but this rushing attack never really got rolling last season. Sony Michel averaged just 57.0 rushing yards per game – down from 71.6 the year prior. Curtis Martin had at least 1,150 rushing yards in each of his first three seasons in the NFL, scoring 14 TDs in two of those three. At his peak, Martin is arguably the best Patriots' running back of all time, and a threat of that caliber would really help balance this offensive attack.

2. Randy Moss

Randy Moss could've really helped New England last season.
Randy Moss could've really helped New England last season. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

While there was a lot of talk about Tom Brady's apparent decline, a lot of that could've been due to the cast he was playing with. Outside of Julian Edelman, it didn't feel like he really trusted any of his pass-catchers. Adding a prime Randy Moss, arguably the most dangerous deep threat of all-time, would've opened up a ton of space for Brady and the rest of this offense.

1. Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski could've really helped the Patriots last season.
Rob Gronkowski could've really helped the Patriots last season. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The Patriots were never going to be able to fill the hole left by Rob Gronkowski's retirement. But they sure didn't do a great job of trying last season. No New England tight end reached even 200 receiving yards in 2019. For comparison, Gronk never finished a season with fewer than 540 receiving yards – and that includes injury-shortened campaigns that saw him miss at least half a season.


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