There's simply no way anyone finds it tough to root for a guy like Kendrick Bourne. This guy has been an underdog his entire life, which started in high school over in the Portland area.
The speedster was an under-the-radar player, and didn't receive any Power 5 scholarship offers. He ended up making his way to Eastern Washington University and balled out while in Cheney.
Then, the New England Patriots wide receiver was hoping to hear his name called late in the NFL Draft. It never happened. While Bourne was dejected, that didn't lower his confidence in his abilities.
He ended up signing with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent. It's not often an UDFA makes a 53-man roster, but Bourne was able to do just that. While he had a quiet year in 2017, his rookie season, he followed things up the next year by appearing in 16 games, and starting eight of them.
He went on to record 42 receptions for 487 yards and four touchdowns. Then last season, Bourne posted a career-high 49 receptions for 667 yards. Then came the tough decision of leaving the Bay Area in free agency.
Former #49ers WR Kendrick Bourne’s three-year, $22.5 million contract with the #Patriots includes a $4.25 million signing bonus and $5.25 million fully guaranteed at signing per his agent @HenryOrgann.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) March 16, 2021
Kendrick Bourne has found a great fit with the New England Patriots
This offseason, Bourne was a free agent and received interest from plenty of teams. In the end, though, the chance to play with legendary New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was simply too much to pass up on.
Bourne ended up signing a three-year deal with the Pats worth more than $22 million. Not bad for an undrafted free agent, right? Bourne is in the middle of his first campaign with the Pats.
Fans were able to see just how special he can be with the ball in his hands in Week 3. Although New England suffered a loss to the New Orleans Saints, Bourne had a monster day, as he caught eight balls for 96 yards and a touchdown.
This was great to see from Bourne. He's only going to develop more chemistry with rookie quarterback Mac Jones as the year goes on. New England fans can't wait to see what Bourne can get done the rest of the way. We're fired up at Signathon to host our live event and 1-on-1 with him. This youngster is the real deal.