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Former Texas star Lil'Jordan Humphrey signs with New England Patriots

Barkley Truax06/15/22
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Former Texas Longhorns standout wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey has signed with the New England Patriots on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports.

Humphrey was originally signed to the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2019. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder would go on to play in 10 games for the Saints last season where he hauled in 13 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns. In the two seasons prior, Humphrey appeared in only eight games where he totaled three receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown.

While Humprey would enjoy an immediate jump in his production in New England, he joins a very talented and very stacked wide receiver room with the likes of DeVante Parker, Kendrick Bourne, Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, Ty Montgomery, Tre Nixon, N’Keal Harry, Kristian Wilkerson and Malcolm Perry.

The good thing for New England? Mac Jones will have options entering year two. As a rookie, Jones finished with 3,801 yards and 22 touchdowns, sending the Patriots to the playoffs with a 10-7 record.

Coming off a Pro-Bowl selection in his first season, each wideout that will attend Patriots minicamp will look to make the most of the opportunities the budding superstar gives them – something returning receiver Jacobi Meyers took full advantage of last season.

Now heading into his second season with Jones as his quarterback, Meyers has seen him grow exponentially over the past year and expects even bigger numbers on the stat sheet for the former Alabama star in 2022.

“You say, ‘Has he taken control of the offense?’ That’s just a capital Yes,” said Meyers during a Zoom press conference on Thursday. “Exclamation mark, exclamation mark. He’s the real deal.”

Meyers was Jones’ go-to option with a team leading 126 targets last season. He totaled 83 catches for 866 yards and two touchdowns in his third season as a Patriot. Now that they’ve built a connection with him over the last year, they’re spending this offseason working on the finer details of how Jones wants his receiving core to play.

“We all kinda try to just catch up to what’s in his mind and his vision. I know him and coach have been doing a great job of just relaying information to us,” said Meyers. “Ultimately when we’re out there, he tells us when we ask him how do you want it? Where do you want us to be? When do you want us to be there? He’s been really adamant about what he says.”