What a difference a week makes for the New England Patriots. Last week against the New York Jets, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady showed some obvious frustration with his rookie receivers as the offense struggled to produce on the field. In a 23-3 victory of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, those same rookies showed improvement and as Boston.com reported on September 23, Brady praised both Aaron Dobson and Kembrell Thompkins for a much improved effort.
As the chemistry continues to build between Brady and his current set of receivers, both Thompkins and Dobson are gaining valuable experience and can only get better. Brady was very happy with the progress.
“I thought the guys did a great job - we had a good week of practice and I think it ultimately showed up. It was a good win. It was fun to be out there, fun to see us play a little bit better, so it’s nice to be 3-0.”
It was nice to see both Thompkins and Dobson perform and contribute to the victory. Thompkins caught three passes for 41 yards including two touchdowns and Dobson caught seven passes for 52 yards. Most importantly, Brady was able to establish a rhythm with both receivers. The practice put in certainly made a difference.
Aaron Dobson said the practice really helped him when it came time to perform in an actual game.
“That week of practice definitely helped us. I feel like we definitely got on the same page with each other and it showed on the field.”
Brady hopes the improvement continues and that his young receivers are able to make the necessary adjustments during games as they were able to do against the Buccaneers.
“Today we definitely made some adjustments throughout the first quarter, second quarter, and we did a good job adjusting and really trying to understand what we need to do to put drives together.”
Brady finished the game completing 25of 36 passes for 225yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception.