The New England Patriots have started the season in the right direction record wise as the team is off to a 2-0 start, but quarterback Tom Brady has shown frustration during the first two games as the offense has struggled without the services of tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Danny Amendola. In their absence the team has relied on a trio of rookie receivers who have looked lost at times and have made key drops. But as Boston.com reports on September 16, Brady still has confidence in his rookie receivers.
In an interview with WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan show, Brady took some of the blame for the shaky offense, admitting that he is “not making all the right played either.” It will take a lot of reps and practice for the young receivers to get on the same page as Tom Brady. He knows they have the talent to be factors in the offense; an offense that is very complicated and will take time to learn.
“It’s not like the rookie receivers are messing up all the time, no, not at all. I’ve really been able to count on those guys. They’ve done an incredible job for what they’ve been asked to do. We’ve got to improve in all aspects of our offense, and that will hopefully remove some of the burden that is falling on the receivers right now.”
The Patriots have obviously seen something in Aaron Dobson, Kembrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce to cut some veteran receivers during the preseason. Brady believes it all comes down to experience and also for players like Gronkowski and Amendola to come back healthy for the offense to evolve through the course of the season.
“Hopefully it all plays off for us in November and December when, if we can ever get to a point where we have a lot of our guys back and healthy and playing really well.”
It may be frustrating right now for Patriots fan, but the offense can’t get much worse. The promising thing is that Gronkowski, Amendola, and Shane Vereen will eventually be back on the field and by then, the rookies will have learned the system. What should be scary for the rest of the NFL is that the New England Patriots are still off to a 2-0 start because the defense is stepping up.
At the end of the season, the Patriots may have something they have been missing since their last Super Bowl victory. A complete team.