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3 Receivers the Patriots Should Target After Signing Cam Newton

Three wide receivers the Patriots should target after signing Cam Newton.
Three wide receivers the Patriots should target after signing Cam Newton. / Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

The New England Patriots decided to give it another go with QB Cam Newton. Now it's time to add more offensive weapons, and the Patriots have about $65.9 million in salary cap space – the third-most in the NFL, according to Spotrac.

New England was one of the most run-heavy offenses in the league last year as offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels tried to adjust the offensive scheme more toward Newton's strengths. Now it's time bolster the receiving corps and let a healthy Newton pass more to balance out the offense.

With that in mind, here are three receivers the Patriots should target after signing Cam Newton.

3. Jonnu Smith, TE

Jonnu Smith is the clear-cut second-best tight end on the market behind Hunter Henry. The Tennessee Titans TE would add a solid receiving option and strong run blocking skills at a more manageable price than Henry. Jonnu's stat line as a receiver the past two seasons reads 76 catches for 887 yards and 11 TDs, with 8 of those in 2020. Newton can be more productive with a top tight end that is as athletic as Jonnu Smith is.

2. Rashard Higgins, WR

If the Patriots decide to spend more, they could go after Detroit Lions free agent Marvin Jones. But Rashard Higgins is a younger and offers a potentially greater reward. Higgins ranked second in the NFL at 11.5 yards per target in 2020. The Cleveland Browns 6-foot 1 wide receiver projects as a solid No. 2 receiver, and is a sharp route runner with sure hands. Higgins had 599 receiving yards and 4 TDs in 13 games, and those 4 scores were more than any Pats' pass-catcher had in 2020.

1. Curtis Samuel, WR

Samuel was exceptionally efficient in the Panthers’ new-look offense last year. He finished third on the team with 851 yards on 77 receptions and 4 touchdowns. The 24-year-old has the deep speed the Patriots have lacked for years. In addition, he's also a threat out of the backfield as a runner, which adds another dimension to New England's scheme. But as a young receiver who had his finest season in 2020, the former second-round pick out of Ohio State looks like he's just scratching the surface as a versatile and productive player.

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