Christian Gonzalez proving to be exactly what Patriots needed early in training camp

FOXBORO — The Patriots went into the 2023 offseason with one glaringly obvious need, and despite getting maybe a little bit too cute by trading back three spots, they landed the exact player they needed in the first round when they drafted cornerback Christian Gonzalez.

It’s still very early. The Patriots have yet to strap on pads, and only three days of training camp have passed, but Gonzalez has come in since Wednesday’s first practice and provided everything the team has needed as a starting cornerback.

The Patriots desperately needed a cornerback with size who could match up with bigger, more physical receivers. The cornerbacks on the Patriots’ roster were either small in stature or bulk, or not worthy of a starting spot on the roster.

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