Devin McCourty explains why Kendrick Bourne is the Patriots participant he’s ‘most excited’ to see in 2023


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Kendrick Bourne informed reporters earlier this month that he’s in one of the best form of his life. After a lackluster 2022 season, he’s labored arduous to make sure that he has a greater shot at a productive 2023.

Former Patriots defensive again Devin McCourty predicts that Bourne can have a breakout season this 12 months.

“The man I’m most enthusiastic about: Kendrick Bourne has a heck of a 12 months this 12 months, I believe,” McCourty stated throughout an look on NBC Sports activities Boston’s “Patriots Discuss Podcast.” “Being in that offense, I believe he’s probably the most a number of receiver they’ve — inside, outdoors, a bit of little bit of vertical, crushes intermediate, short-route man. I believe they’re going to have the ability to use him in a variety of alternative ways and he’s going to have a giant 12 months this 12 months.”

In line with ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Bourne credit his spouse with serving to him enhance his offseason routine.

“She helped me decelerate in all the pieces in my life,” Bourne stated. “She taught me to deal with my physique. She could be very lively, figuring out, her vitamin is nice, so she’s helped me cease consuming McDonald’s and all that quick meals and all the pieces. She was that final piece.”

Bourne’s leaping two-handed catch towards Inexperienced Bay was one of many primary highlights throughout the first-team offense’s time on the sphere. He completed with three catches for 34 yards in restricted motion.

The veteran receiver confirmed flashes of what he may deliver to the workforce in 2021, when he caught a career-high 55 passes for 800 yards and 5 touchdowns. Final 12 months, his manufacturing dropped to 434 receiving yards and one landing catch.

“Final 12 months, what I went by way of, it was a battle for me personally,” Bourne informed Reiss. “I used to be going by way of so much, not doing the precise issues, I wasn’t caring for my physique, I wasn’t getting remedy. It taught me what to not do in a way. It was tough, however I’m grateful for final 12 months.”

As offense strikes on from a disappointing 2022, it seems Bourne is a giant a part of the plans to show issues round in 2023.