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Tom Brady only connected on one of three passes to his tight ends on Sunday with a five-yard toss to Michael Hoomanawanui late in the third quarter).
According to ESPNBoston, it was the second time since the start of 2010 (Rob Gronkowski's first season) that Patriots tight ends have not caught multiple passes in a game.
Different observers will take away different things from that piece of data. Some will say the team's tight end sect is in "construction mode." Others will say they're stalling for time until Gronkowski gets back. Others will say the tight end-oriented onslaught in New England is simply over forever.
To a certain extent, it is over, and that's all right.
New England's tight end attack from 2011 and 2012 was always something of an illusion. The experiment seemed perfect, but the Patriots didn't win a ring and thus the experiment was never perfected. Moving forward in 2013 at 1-0, the Patriots can look for a better recipe to unveil another banner.
Still though, as glad as I am to see them return to the receiving game and the run game, Zach Sudfeld still needs to be in the mix.
Like Julian Edelman, Sudfeld has the work ethic, the charisma and the elusive "je ne sais quoi" to be an ambassador of the Patriot Way.
However, like Kenbrell Thompkins, he had a poor showing in his first day as a professional football player. At times, he looked out of sorts. Late in the second quarter, he seemed to lose his footing and focus, as a "fish in the barrel" reception somehow spun off his fingertips and turned into an interception.
Look for Thompkins to rebound Thursday night against the Jets with one or two momentum-swinging plays. He's a player. One botched game can't keep him down.