Rhamondre Stevenson hoping to be next Patriot to land contract extension

The New England Patriots’ 2021 rookie class is down to three players: Christian Barmore, Rhamondre Stevenson and Joshuah Bledsoe. On Monday, Barmore became the first of the group to ink a contract extension with the team, agreeing to a four-year, $84 million deal.

Stevenson hopes to become the next.

“I love Boston. I love the Patriots. I love the organization,” Stevenson told reporters on Tuesday. “I’d love to be here for countless amount of years.”

An extension for the 26-year old back would add to a reoccurring theme of New England re-signing their homegrown talent this offseason. In addition to Barmore, Kyle Dugger, Michael Onwenu, Joshua Uche, and Anfernee Jennings were all re-signed over the past few months.

 

Stevenson believes talks for his potential new deal could begin shortly.

“Draft just ended so I think those talks may or may not ramp up after the draft,” Stevenson said.

After ending last season on injured reserve as a result of an ankle injury, Stevenson is full-go this offseason as he’s been a part of voluntary workouts. While his role of being the “enforcer” will remain the same next season, the Patriots run game will look different under new offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt.

 

“More outside zone heavy, not just straight gap scheme,” Stevenson said of the offense. “Just more plethora of runs and just different schemes running out of.”

While majoring in outside zone will be new for New England, Stevenson is not a foreigner to the play style. The back enjoyed running it during his collegiate career at Oklahoma but knows the work that goes into the install.

 

“Outside zone is actually a play you have to run and know how to run,” he explained. “It’s not just another play you can just go out there and like a gap scheme, you kind of go out there and just run the play, but outside zone you need reps at it just to know how the lineman was getting off and just their angles and things like that.

 

“So, we’re going to work on it all throughout OTAs and camp.”

If the work pays off, Stevenson will be set-up for a big year in Van Pelt’s run-heavy offense — something that is leaving the running back quite excited in the early stages of the offseason.

 

“Favorite moment is all the runs he’s putting in to be honest. Just how he’s trying to scheme them up,” Stevenson said. “Scheme the runs up, make everything — run action, pass action — everything look the same. Just vary them up.”

 

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