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Why Braxton Berrios will make an impact for the Patriots

Ari Russell



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When the New England Patriots selected Braxton Berrios in the sixth round, most fans of football in general kind of already in their back of their minds knew this was inevitable. Berrios a small slot receiver was already being rumored to be courted by the Patriots after an impressive showing in the 4th quarter in that four game streak where Miami would win games in close fashion.

Berrios was a guy who wasn’t even on NFL scouts radar before the 2017 season. I mean he could have been signed as an undrafted free agent perhaps, but he probably wouldn’t have even been invited to the combine. However Berrios had a huge senior year and proved to be a guy worthy of being drafted. Now he’s on an organization that has all the pieces in place for him to be successful.

Berrios was the subject of a documentary produced by former Hurricanes Johnathan Vilma, DJ Williams, Antrelle Rolle and Brett Romberg  called Out the Huddle. It certainly helped this project that he was drafted and even better that it was by the Patriots.

The Patriots took Berrios because they were planning on using him right away. The question is that will he replace Danny Amendola right away. Amendola of course signed a contract with the Dolphins and had some words for his old team, before tuning down the rhetoric. This will depend on Berrios in training camp, but he is going to get his chances.

Also the Patriots aren’t known to keeping to many players on the roster once they seem to be fading. That means that Julian Edelman isn;t going to be a Patriot for his entire career. He will probably be able to command another contract elsewhere better than in New England. Does this mean that Berrios will fill in that role as well? It’s highly possible.

Berrios was drafted so they can pass the torch to the next small slot receiver. From Wes Welker to Edelman and Amendola now to Berrios. He’s certainly in the plans of the future. For the next three seasons he will also be a nice and cheap option. He will be a bargain on his rookie contract, which also plays a major role.

Berrios wasn’t the only small slot receiver in the draft, but he was certainly one who fit the overall profile of what they are looking for.

Now Berrios isn’t going to be offensive rookie of the year or anything, but he will have some impact in his rookie season. It will be interesting to see he and Tom Brady connecting to see if there is actual chemistry. If you’re a student of history, you ought to expect this to be a smart draft pick.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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