The Patriots' 2-0 record isn't fooling anyone.
They've been fortunate enough to narrowly squeak by the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets—two teams who went 6-10 last season and currently start rookie quarterbacks.
Still, there are Super Bowl expectations in New England, and despite remaining undefeated Tom Brady's Patriots have yielded one of the weakest, least efficient passing offenses the NFL has to offer.
Brady's frustration has begun to boil over as his young receivers have struggled immensely.
Terrell Owens remains an available option and has expressed his interest in contributing to the team while playing for the league minimum.
The USA Today recently called Owens a "perfect fit" for Brady's productivity-challenged offense.
- Brady currently ranks 22nd in ESPN's Total QBR, below Jake Locker (17th) and Terrelle Pryor (21st).
- Brady's 74.1 passer rating ranks 27th in the NFL—the worst of his 14-year career.
- Brady's 52.7 completion percentage ranks 31st in the NFL—5.9 percent behind Christian Ponder.
Though Owens' age has been called into question (39), Brady is only three years younger (36) and he, for all intents and purposes, seems determined to win another Super Bowl now.
To do that, he's going to need some help at the receiving position.
Brandon Lloyd is now retired and working on a zombie movie—suffice to say that he is not an option.
A recent workout video shows that Owens' skills are still sharp.
When you combine the state of his physical conditioning with the endorsement Pete Carroll gave him after his time with the Seahawks last offseason, you have a viable option that can help Brady and the Patriots move the chains.
The two future Hall of Famers already began to establish a rapport this offseason.
Skeptics will compare Owens to Randy Moss and Chad Johnson, but this is a completely different situation.
Though Owens has the star power to land a similar position in the media, he remains driven to return to the NFL. He's worked feverishly to keep himself in shape so that if an opportunity were to present itself he could make the most of it.
Owens' drive is the x-factor here.
Owens will retire the second-leading receiver in NFL history, but before he does that he wants to end his career on the right note. Put a man that driven in a position to catch passes from Brady while playing for Bill Belichick and you might very well give the Patriots a legitimate chance at a fourth championship.
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