Bourne finished the 2021 regular season with 55 catches (on 70 targets) for 800 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 12 carries for 125 yards in 17 games Bourne, who averaged 14.5 yards per catch, also logged a 25-yard TD pass and is slated to remain a key cog in New England's passing offense next season, per Paul Perillo of the team's official site. The 26-year-old, who is signed through 2023, once again should be joined by Jakobi Meyers (a pending restricted free agent) and Nelson Agholor (signed through 2022), but how the team's WR depth chart will look beyond that trio remains to be seen.
Bourne recorded seven receptions on eight targets for 77 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 47-17 wild-card round loss to Buffalo. Bourne finished second on the team in targets, but he was by far the most productive receiver for New England. Nearly all of his production came in the second half with the game out of reach, but he tallied a long gain of 43 yards and found the end zone from three and four yards away, respectively. Bourne remains under contract in New England for the 2022 season, though the team could release him with him little penalty in terms of dead cap space. Should he return to the Patriots, Bourne would likely work behind at least Jakobi Meyers and potentially Nelson Agholor as well as any other offseason upgrades at the position.
Bourne logged 36 of a possible 62 snaps on offense in Sunday's 33-24 loss to the Dolphins, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. In the process, Bourne carried once for eight yards and caught three of his four targets for 24 yards, bringing his final regular-season receiving line to 55-800-5 on 70 targets, to go along with 12 carries for 125 yards in 17 games. In the Patriots' playoff opener this coming Saturday, the 26-year-old will square off against a Buffalo defense that surrendered a league-low average of 163 passing yards per game during the 2021 campaign.
Bourne brought in five of six targets for 76 yards and rushed twice for 17 yards in the Patriots' 50-10 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. The veteran led the Patriots in receiving yardage while posting his best total in that category since Week 10. Bourne also logged multiple rush attempts for the second time in the last three games, and his role as a rusher has expanded some in the second half of the season. Bourne needs three receptions in the Week 18 clash against the Dolphins to eclipse the career-best 49 he recorded in 2020 with the 49ers.
Bourne has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday's game against the Bills, per the NFL's official transaction log. Given that Nelson Agholor (concussion) has been ruled out for the contest, look for Jakobi Meyers and Bourne to head the Patriots' Week 16 wideout corps, with N'Keal Harry (hip/questionable) a candidate for added work, if active. The last time New England and Buffalo played each other (back in Week 13), windy conditions led to Bourne not seeing any of QB Mac Jones' three passing targets. This time around, Bourne -- who caught all three of his targets for 44 yards and ran twice for 19 yards in last weekend's loss to the Colts -- is a candidate to see enough touches to help out those looking for Week 16 wideout help.
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|4||10/02||@Green Bay Packers||14||20.67|
|8||10/30||@New York Jets||13||20.65|
|11||11/20||New York Jets||13||20.65|
|15||12/18||@Las Vegas Raiders||4||17.67|
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