Julian Edelman: A+
After 13 catches and numerous punt returns, Tom Brady should have purchased Edelman his very own ice tub.
Filling in for the injured Danny Amendola, Edelman was the lone consistent member of the receiving corps for Tom Brady. Other than one poor read, Edelman was in the right spot and showed off his great hands and elusiveness after the catch.
If Danny Amendola isn't back for Week 3, the Patriots are in good hands with Edelman.
Aaron Dobson: C-
Rookies are just that, rookies. Dobson caught a 39-yard pass for a touchdown on the first play of his career. The next few plays—highlighted by a few bad drops—he'd just as soon forget.
However, Dobson was able to bounce back and convert an important third down against none other than Antonio Cromartie. Dobson used motion to gain a clean release and then plucked the ball out of the air on the slant route—finally correcting a longstanding tendency to let the ball get into his pads on that route.
When you look at just the lowlights, it is easy to give Dobson a failing grade. Taking into account his downfield blocking and contributions in the passing game should give Dobson a more respectable outcome.
Kenbrell Thompkins: C-
Like Dobson, Thompkins had his moments—some good, some bad.
He nearly came down with what would have been the catch of the year so far, but the diving touchdown was overturned upon review.
If Thompkins can keep his feet on the ground during the catching motion and concentrate on plucking the ball rather than allowing it into his body, he can overcome his slow start to the season.
One area of improvement for Thompkins: The amount of mental mistakes was way down this week compared to last.
Josh Boyce: I
Boyce only saw the field for two snaps by my count, not earning a target. Look for Boyce to get more looks once Gronkowski can occupy the safeties.