NFL 2022: Ranking the best supporting casts for every starting QB

November 3, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) is congratulated by tight end Darren Waller (83) and quarterback Derek Carr (4) for catching a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
November 3, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) is congratulated by tight end Darren Waller (83) and quarterback Derek Carr (4) for catching a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 15, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) drops to pass during the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /

29. New England Patriots, Mac Jones

RB: Damien Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson
RB: James White, Pierre Strong
WR: Kendrick Bourne, Tyquan Thornton
WR: Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor
WR: DeVante Parker
TE: Hunter Henry, Jonnu Smith

The New England Patriots let Josh McDaniels go to the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason and they didn’t replace him.

That seems odd.

Young Mac Jones has one of the strangest to figure out groups of skill players in the entire NFL.

You like the tight end duo of Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. Especially with how heavily the New England Patriots emphasize the tight ends in their offense, that duo is pretty outstanding.

And expensive.

The Patriots swung a trade for former first-round pick DeVante Parker this offseason but he has largely failed to live up to the hype as an NFL receiver.

It feels like the Patriots are just loaded with WR3s, and WR4s, and maybe a solid WR2 sprinkled in there.

The Patriots are always deep at running back and this year is no different. They added Pierre Strong in the 2022 NFL Draft out of South Dakota State to make that unit even better.

The real Wild Card of this entire skill player group is wide receiver Tyquan Thornton, a second-round pick out of Baylor.

He has smaller hands than Kenny Pickett but also runs a 4.28 in the 40-yard dash. Can the Patriots find ways to take advantage of his vertical speed in 2022?