It remains unclear who exactly will serve as offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots in 2022, but another clue was provided by wide receiver Kendrick Bourne on Thursday.
In a conversation with ESPN's Mike Reiss, Bourne was asked how the transition has been going without Josh McDaniels, the team's former offensive coordinator who's now head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. In response, Bourne was quick to single out the efforts of one coach in particular.
"It's been dope so far man," Bourne said. "Joe Judge our newest member, he's doing a great job. Really, it's just new terminology, new words. Football is football so it's about learning new words, getting the old words out and applying my abilities to the new system."
Judge returned to Foxboro this offseason following an underwhelming two-year stint as head coach of the New York Giants, where the team finished 10-23 under his watch.
Before that, Judge had spent eight seasons on staff with the Patriots, working primarily with special teams first as an assistant and later as coordinator from 2015-19. In his final season, however, he also worked as a wide receivers coach.
"I think he's putting us in position to be successful, I'm excited so far," Bourne said. "I've brushed up on a lot doing different things for myself and he's even using other players and strengths. Hopefully we have a great year and we'll see how it goes."
Bourne had a career year last season under McDaniels, his first with the Patriots, recording career highs across the board with 55 catches for 800 yards and five touchdowns.