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I'm sure these guys will get tired of Tom Brady yelling at them soon enough; I definitely don't envy them.
Poor Tom Brady. Three Super Bowl rings, a supermodel wife and a spot in Canton already waiting for him. Right...poor Tom Brady. Although he has an enviable life off the field, Brady is greatly suffering on the field.
He’s not getting sacked that much and he’s not throwing interceptions, but his receivers are absolutely to blame for his lack of Brady-like production (and fantasy points—thanks guys). Although Brady and the New England Patriots are undefeated so far this season, they haven’t exactly played top-tier talent.
Their wins came against the rival Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, two teams who are starting rookie quarterbacks and just aren’t that good, so they aren’t exactly impressive notches on the Patriots’ belt.
The Patriots beat the Bills and Jets by a combined five points and failed to match their per-game scoring average from last season (34.8) in each contest.
The problem isn’t Brady—it’s his receivers, or lack thereof.
With Wes Welker gone, Aaron Hernandez in jail and Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski out with injury, there aren’t a whole lot of guys for the former league MVP to throw to. Brady does have Julian Edelman, but he’s more of a slot receiver and surely isn’t the vertical threat that the Patriots so desperately need.
Outside of these players, the Patriots have three rookie wideouts whom they’ve relied on pretty heavily through the first couple of weeks, although they haven’t performed as hoped for. Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins have combined for nine catches, 100 yards and one touchdown on 39 targets.
The worst part about it is that this trio of rookies is pretty much what New England is stuck with while its guys heal up, unless it find itself hopeless enough to bring in Terrell Owens, but I doubt it.
Unfortunately for these guys, they will be taking on arguably the best secondary in all of football. New England will play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, a rather unfavorable task for the Pats’ receivers.
The Bucs have two Pro Bowlers in Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson and also have the closest thing we’ve seen to Sean Taylor since his passing in Mark Barron. It will be quite the slobberknocker for the Patriots’ wide receivers come Sunday, but New England should be able to overcome their struggles and top the Bucs.