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Brady Reaches Milestone in Win Over the Jets


Tom Brady reached another career milestone as he continues his march up the NFL record books.

Tom Brady’s no stranger to the NFL record books and on Thursday night he continued his assault as he continues his Hall of Fame career.

During New England’s win over the Jets Brady moved into sixth place all time in career pass attempts ahead of Warren Moon following an incompletion on first down¬†to Julian Edelman with 13:30 to go in the fourth quarter. ¬†It was Brady’s 6,824th career attempt.

He would have eight more attempts following that play, the last of which was the 19-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 7:55 to go that ultimately ended up being the game-winning play.

Brady also finished the night having thrown three touchdowns and no interceptions for the 40th time in his career, which is currently the 2nd most all-time behind Peyton Manning, who has done it 42 times.

STAT CHECK: Rough Night For Brady on Second and Third Down


Tom Brady struggled in Kansas City Monday night. (USA TODAY Images)

Monday night’s loss out in Kansas City was a rough one for New England’s offense, and looking at Tom Brady’s final numbers, second and third down pass attempts were an area that were an issue for the veteran quarterback.

Here’s a breakdown of the overall numbers:

OVERALL:

14-of-23 (61%) for 159 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

BY DOWN:

1st Down: 6-of-7 (86%) 87 yards 1 TD
2nd Down: 5-of-10 (50%) 24 yards, 1 INT
3rd Down: 3-of-6 (50%) 48 yards, 1 INT

BY QUARTER:

1st Quarter: 2-of-4 (50%) 12 yards
2nd Quarter: 7-of-11 (64%) 60 yards
3rd Quarter: 4-of-6 (67%) 86 yards 1 TD, 1 INT
4th Quarter: 1-of-2 (50%) 1 yard, 1 INT

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Patriots QBs Mallett vs Garappolo Through Game 1


Garoppolo and his offense had a little more success on Thursday night. (USA TODAY Images)

After breaking down the numbers from last night’s game, here’s a look at each quarterback, along with the receivers each targeted and¬†connected with, etc:

RYAN MALLETT:

Total Number of Offensive Plays: 26 (Excluding punts & field goals)
Number of First Down Plays: 10 – First Downs Converted: 0
Number of Second Down Plays: 9 – First Downs Converted: 1
Number of Third Down Plays: 7 – First Downs Converted: 3
Number of Fourth Down Plays: 0, Punts – 3, FG Attempts: 1 – First Downs Converted

Overall: 5-of-12 (42%) 55yds 1 sack/-5 yards
First Down Passing: 0-for-3 (0%)
Second Down Passing: 1-of-3 (33%) for 11yds, 1 sack/-5yds
Third Down Passing: 4-of-6 (67%) for 44yds

Red Zone Passing: No Attempts

Total Receiving Stats:

Brandon LaFell: 2-of-5 for 16yds – 1 First Down
Josh Boyce: 1-of-2 for 15yds – 1 First Down
James Develin: 1-of-1 for 13 yards – 1 First Down
Kenbrell Thompkins: 1-of-2 for 11 yards – 1 First Down
Roy Finch: 0-for-2


JIMMY GAROPPOLO:

Total Number of Offensive Plays: 24 (Excluding punts & field goals)
Number of First Down Plays: 11 – First Downs Converted: 3
Number of Second Down Plays: 7 – First Downs Converted: 2
Number of Third Down Plays: 5 – First Downs Converted: 3
Number of Fourth Down Plays: 1, Punts – 1, FG Attempts: 0 – First Downs Converted 0

Overall: 9-of-13 (69%) 157 yards 1 TD
First Down Passing: 4-of-5 (80%) 52 yards
Second Down Passing: 4-of-5(80%) 52 yards
Third Down Passing: 1-of-2 (50%) 53 yards

Red Zone Passing: 0-for-2

Total Receiving Stats:

Brian Tyms: 5-of-6 for 119yds – 1 TD – 5 First Downs
Josh Boyce: 2-of-3 for 15yds
Roy Finch: 1-of-2 for 7yds
Wilson Van Hooser: 1-of-1 for 16 yards – 1 First Down
Justin Jones: 0-for-1

It’s interesting to note how consistent Garoppolo was when looking at his passing numbers by down, with the identical stats from 1st to second down and similar yardage on third down. Obviously we’re only through one game and Garoppolo still has a lot to learn, but it will be interesting to see if at some point Bill Belichick gives him the opportunity to work with the first team in any of these preseason games should Mallett continue to struggle.


Devin McCourty spoke to the media Wednesday and talked about the fact the defense will need to be better on third down in 2013. (USA TODAY Images)

One of the topics of discussion that came up on Wednesday during the team’s first press conferences of the 2014 training camp was about their issues on third down in 2013.

Linebacker Rob Ninkovich tackled it first, acknowledging that it was a problem both in 2012 and 2013 for their defense. They allowed opponents to convert 42.2 percent of their third down attempts, ranking them 26th in the NFL. Looking at a lot of the situations they were in, it was alarming to see how they fared certain situations last season.

Here’s a quick run down of all their 3rd downs from 2012 and 2013:

2012
2013
Situation: Att: Conv: Pct: Att: Conv: Pct:
3rd and 10+ 38 7 18% 44 10 23%
3rd and 10 21 8 38% 25 6 24%
3rd and 9 6 2 33% 6 1 17%
3rd and 8 8 6 75% 12 5 42%
3rd and 7 17 8 50% 16 6 37.5%
3rd and 6 19 6 32% 18 10 56%
3rd and 5 16 4 25% 34 15 44%
3rd and 4 18 3 17% 17 10 59%
3rd and 3 19 11 58% 15 10 67%
3rd and 2 20 11 55% 21 12 57%
3rd and 1 23 16 69.5% 24 13 54%
*Taken From Our Stats Database

Going down the line, plays of between 3rd-and-6 and 3rd-and-8 were an issue in 2013, with opponents converting a combined 21-of-46 (46%).  From 3rd-and 10 and beyond teams went 16-of-69 (23%), essentially converting just under 1-in-4 attempts.

They did manage to improve from where they were in 2012, albeit marginally, after allowing a conversion rate of 25% in 2012 from that same distance.

“We’ve got to get off the field,” said Ninkovich. ¬†“That’s huge. Some of the third-and-long situations, we weren’t able to get off the field. I know third-and-long screens hurt us last year, too, so specifically that play and the third-and-long situation as a whole, we’ve got to do a better job. Obviously, everything is working together, so coverage-rush, rush-coverage all works together. That’s just one area that we definitely need to work on this year.”

Devin McCourty, who was immediately greeted by those same reporters with similar questions about their issues, revealed that it was something that appeared to be a focus for the team heading into this season. According to McCourty, giving up big plays on third down was something that was talked about during the spring and with the turnover personnel-wise, it’s something that was watched on film as they try to make sure some of the new guys understand what needs to be fixed as they now begin trying to correct it. ¬†

“I think when you look back at last year a lot of the things just go to straight X’s and O’s,” explained McCourty during the team’s media sessions on day one Wednesday. ¬†“You can’t focus so much on last year, because some of the people, when¬†you’re watching film, aren’t even here this year. ¬†It’s just trying to improve scheme things, what some of the guys did last year that are still on the team, how to view things, how to see it better, how to anticipate it better. ”

“For third down, it’s always a key in every game,” said McCourty. ¬†“A lot of times it comes down to your season being on third down in a ¬†key situation so we’ll definitely watch that and try and improve. ¬†Like Rob [Ninkovich] was saying, with screens and different plays that happened to us. ¬†You always want to look at those things and see how you can get better. That started in the spring, trying to develop those things and look at them, just so all the players can be aware of what hurt us last year and what we need to be ready for this year.”

Patriots Defensive Snap Totals vs Houston Texans

Here’s a breakdown from the official league totals of the playing percentage for the defensive players from Sunday’s win over Houston.

Defensive Backs:

Devin McCourty: 60/60 (100%) – Special Teams: 15 (48%)
Aqib Talib: 60/60 (100%)
Logan Ryan: 57/60 (95%) – Special Teams: 1 (3%)
Duron Harmon: 33/60 (55%) – Special Teams: 6 (19%)
Steve Gregory: 23/60 (38%)
Kyle Arrington: 16/60 (27%) – Special Teams: 1 (3%)
Marquice Cole – 9 (15%) – Special Teams: 18 (58%)
Nate Ebner – 2 (3%) – Special Teams: 24 (77%)

Defensive Line:

Chandler Jones: 60/60 (100%) – Special Teams: 13 (42%)
Chris Jones: 59/60 (98%) – Special Teams: 6 (19%)
Joe Vellano: 50/60 (83%) – Special Teams: 6 (19%)
Isaac Sopoaga: 21/60 (35%)
Sealver Siliga: 16/60 (27%)
Andre Carter: 10/60 (17%) – Special Teams: 6 (19%)

Linebackers:

Rob Ninkovich: 60/60 (100%) – Special Teams: 6 (19%)
Dont’a Hightower: 50/60 (83%) – Special Teams: 6 (19%)
Brandon Spikes: 48/60 (80%) – Special Teams: 6 (19%)
Jamie Collins: 14/60 (27%) – Special Teams: 23 (74%)
Dane Fletcher: 12/60 (20%) – Special Teams: 10 (32%)

Updating last week’s entry breaking down how each receiver performed with each quarterback, ¬†here’s an update of how each signal-caller has performed along with the receiving numbers from each group through the first two weeks of preseason.

TOM BRADY:

Overall: 18-of-20 for 172 yards, 2 TD’s, 11 Passing First Downs

Worth Noting: He’s a perfect 2-of-2 in the red zone with a touchdown, and he’s also 2-of-2 on deep throws to the middle of the field, with Danny Amendola (his 26yd touchdown Friday night) and Aaron Dobson both having hauled in a pass from him.

By Down:

1st Down: 6-of-7 (86%) for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns – 4 passing first downs
2nd Down: 9-of-9 (100%) for 55  yards Р4 passing first downs
3rd Down: 3-of-4 (75%) for 35 yards – 3 passing first downs

Receivers – Total Stats Through Two Games:

Danny Amendola: 7-of-8 for 77 yards, 1 TD, 4 first downs
Kenbrell Thompkins: 4-of-4 for 23 yards, 2 first downs
Shane Vereen: 3-of-3 for 28 yards, 1 TD, 2 first downs
Aaron Dobson: 1-of-1 for 23 yards, 1 first down
Julian Edelman: 1-of-1 for 4 yards, 1 first down
Josh Boyce: 1 of-1 for 5 yards
LeGarrette Blount: 1-of-1 for 12 yards, 1 first down
Stevan Ridley: 0-of-1

RYAN MALLETT:

Overall: 21-of-38 (55%) 234 yards, 1 TD, 14 passing first downs

Worth Noting: Mallett right now is 0-of-4 in the Red Zone, with his one touchdown being the 22 yard strike to Zach Sudfeld last Friday night.

By Down:

1st Down: 9-of-15 (60%) for 91 yards, 1 TD, 3 Passing First Downs
2nd Down: 9-of-15 (60%) for 124 yards, 9 Passing First Downs
3rd Down: 3-of-8 (38%) for 19 yards, 2 Passing First Downs

Receivers – Total Stats Through Two Games:

Julian Edelman: 8 targets, 6 receptions, 53 yards, 4 first downs
Aaron Dobson: 7 targets, 3 receptions, 42 yards, 2 first downs
Shane Vereen: 7 targets, 3 receptions, 36 yards, 2 first downs
Daniel Fells: 3 targets, 3 receptions, 27 yards, 2 first downs
Zach Sudfeld: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 54 yards, 1 TD, 3 first downs
Josh Boyce: 3 targets, 1 reception, 5 yards
Kenbrell Thompkins: 4 targets, 1 reception, 3 yards
Michael Hoomanawanui: 2 targets, 1 reception, 14 yards, 1 First Down

TIM TEBOW:

Overall: 5-of-19 (26%) for 54 yards, 3 sacks, 1 INT, 3 Passing First Downs

Worth Noting: Tebow has yet to convert a passing first down on 3rd down through just over four quarters of play, and only has two 3rd down conversions in total, which came on a third quarter run by himself for 12 yards during the Philadelphia game, and a fourth quarter run by Brandon Bolden last Friday.  He also has 0 Red Zone Attempts Through Two Games.

By Down:

1st Down: 1-of-4 (25%) for -1 yards, 2 sacks, 1 INT
2nd Down: 3-of-10 (30%) for 47 yards – 3 passing first downs
3rd Down: 1-of-5 (20%) for 8 yards, 1 sack

Receivers – Total Stats Through Two Games:

Kamar Aiken: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 23 yards, 1 first down
Josh Boyce: 1 target, 1 reception, -1 yards
Leon Washington: 1 target, 1 reception, 15 yards, 1 first down
Brandon Bolden: 3 targets, 1 reception, 17 yards, 1 first down
Kenbrell Thompkins: 1 target, 0 receptions
Jonathan Haggerty: 1 target, 0 receptions
Aaron Dobson: 5 targets, 0 receptions
Sach Sudfeld: 2 targets, 0 receptions
Evan Landi: 1 target, 0 receptions

Spotlight on New England Patriots 3rd Down Rushing

So far this preseason the focus has been on the impressive performances put in by Tom Brady, but looking at the numbers, the ground game has fared pretty well.

Looking closer at the team’s third down rushing stats, they’ve been pretty successful. ¬†They’ve converted 6-of-8 third down carries (75%), including 3-of-4 Friday night against the Buccaneers.

Here’s a complete look at all the Patriots running backs on third down this preseason:

Tim Tebow: 2 carries, 23 yards, 1 first down
Brandon Bolden: 2 carries, 17 yards, 1 first down
Stevan Ridley:  1 carry, 10 yards, 1 first down
James Develin: 2 carries, 6 yards, 2 first downs
LeGarrette Blount: 1 carry, 3 yards, 1 first down

Here’s a view of where they’ve had success running the ball. ¬†Interesting to note, no carries over left tackle or left guard:

2013-Patriots-Pre-Season-2-Game-3rd-Down-Rushing-Chart

Breaking Down the Receivers’ Performances By Quarterback

Looking at the final stats from last night, it’s tough to get a feel for how the receivers performed overall since who was throwing them the football obviously plays a part in their success.

Since Tom Brady was near perfect last night (7-of-8 for 65 yards and a touchdown), obviously that affects the completion percentages when you factor in the 50% passing performance put in by Ryan Mallett, as well as the 33% percentage that Tim Tebow had.

Here’s a breakdown of how each group fared with each quarterback:

TOM BRADY: 7-of-8 (88%) 65 yards, 1 touchdown

Kenbrell Thompkins: 4 targets, 4 completions, 23 yards, 2 first downs
Danny Amendola: 1 target, 1 completion, 6 yards
Aaron Dobson: 1 target, 1 completion, 23 yards, 1 first down
Shane Vereen: 1 target, 1 completion, 13 yards, 1 first down, 1 touchdown
Stevan Ridley: 1 target, 0 completions

RYAN MALLETT: 9-of-18 (50%)  97 Yards

Daniel Fells: 3 targets, 3 completions, 27 yards, 2 first downs
Julian Edelman: 5 targets, 3 completions, 31 yards, 2 first downs
Aaron Dobson: 4 targets, 1 completion, 12 yards, 1 first down
Shane Vereen: 3 targets, 1 completion, 5 yards
Zach Sudfeld: 1 target, 1 completion, 22 yards, 1 first down
Josh Boyce: 1 target, 0 completions
Kenbrell Thompkins: 1 target, 0 completions

TIM TEBOW: 4-of-12 (33%) 55 yards, 3 sacks/-23 yards

Kamar Aiken: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 23 yards, 1 first down
Leon Washington: 1 target, 1 reception, 15 yards, 1 first down
Brandon Bolden: 2 targets, 1 reception, 17 yards, 1 first down
Aaron Dobson: 3 targets, 0 receptions
Zach Sudfeld: 1 target, 0 receptions
Johnathan Haggerty: 1 target, 0 receptions

As we know, heading into the 2013 season there are a lot of changes coming for the Patriots offensively.  As a result I wanted to take a look at some different situations from last season, with this one focusing on their performance in short yardage situations.

After doing some digging through our Stats Database, I looked at the numbers when Tom Brady and the offense were in situations where they faced less three yards or less, and the results were fairly interesting.

Tom Brady was surprisingly just 29-of-52 for 335 yards (56%), although every completion was a first down including 9 touchdowns (the NFL scorekeepers consider a touchdown a first down).  However, when running the ball the Patriots were fairly effective, converting 73 first downs including 19 touchdowns, giving them a 65% conversion rate running the ball.  Overall New England definitely favored the ground game, carrying 112 times compared to the 52 where they decided to throw the football in those situations.

Breaking it down by receiver, here is how the numbers looked:

Wes Welker: 9 Targets, 8 Receptions, 80 Yards, 8 First Downs, 2 TD’s

Rob Gronkowski: 11 Targets, 6 Receptions, 56 Yards, 6 First Downs, 3 TD’s

Brandon Lloyd: 12 Targets, 4 Receptions, 42 Yards, 4 First Downs, 1 TD

Aaron Hernandez: 9 Targets, 4 Receptions, 52 Yards, 4 First Downs, 1 TD

Julian Edelman: 3 Targets, 3 Receptions, 14 Yards, 3 First Downs, 1 TD

Danny Woodhead: 4 Targets, 2 Receptions, 42 Yards, 2 First Downs, 1 TD

Deion Branch: 2 Targets, 1 Reception, 8 Yards, 1 First Down

Michael Hoomanawanui: 1 Target, 1 Reception, 41 Yards, 1 First Downs

As for the running backs, here’s a look at how the totals broke down by player:

Stevan Ridley:¬†63 Carries, 192 yards, 41 First Downs, 9 TD’s

Danny Woodhead:¬†19 Carries, 55 Yards, 10 First Downs, 3 TD’s

Brandon Bolden: 10 Carries, 33 Yards, 5 First Downs, 1 TD

Shane Vereen:¬†10 Carries, 28 Yards, 8 First Downs, 3 TD’s

Tom Brady:¬†9 Carries, 13 Yards, 8 First Downs, 3 TD’s

Lex Hilliard: 1 Carry, 2 Yards, 1 First Down


Stevan Ridley struggled down inside the Red Zone in short yardage situations for the Patriots in 2012. (FILE:USA Today Images)

Down inside the Red Zone, there were some additional numbers that stood out.  When it came to throwing the ball down down in scoring territory, in situations where they needed to convert 3 yards or less to sustain the drive Brady overall was 10-of-17 for 59 yards along with 10 first downs, 9 touchdowns and one interception.

Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:

Brandon Lloyd: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 27 yards, 2 first downs, 1 touchdown

Danny Woodhead: 1 target, 1 reception, 18 yards, 1 first down, 1 touchdown

Rob Gronkowski: 6 targets, 3 receptions, 6 yards, 3 first downs, 3 touchdowns

Wes Welker: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 5 yards, 2 first downs, 2 touchdowns

Julian Edelman: 1 target, 1 reception, 2 yards, 1 first down, 1 touchdown.

Aaron Hernandez: 3 targets, 1 reception, 1 yard, 1 first down, 1 touchdown

*There was also one additional attempt not credited as a target to a player

As you probably noticed, every reception caught by Woodhead, Gronkowski, Welker, Edelman, and Hernandez were all touchdowns – which they also credit as a first down.

Meanwhile once again, running the football, Ridley and Woodhead lead the way and accounted for 20 of the team’s 30 first downs, as well as combining for 12 touchdowns.

INSIDE THE FIVE YARD LINE: Here’s where it gets a little interesting. ¬†When they got inside the opponent’s 5 yard line, Ridley had eight touchdowns, while Woodhead had two. ¬†Tom Brady also accounted for 4 of the team’s 18 touchdowns from this distance.

Here’s a breakdown of how they fared:

Shane Vereen:¬†4 Carries, 9 Yards, 3 TD’s

Danny Woodhead: 6 carries, 8 yards, 2 TD’s

Stevan Ridley:¬†19 carries, -1 yards, ¬†8 TD’s

Tom Brady: 5¬†Carries, 6 Yards, 4 TD’s

Brandon Bolden: 6 Carries, 1 Yard, 1 TD

When throwing the football, the tight ends were the most targeted of the group. Overall Gronkowski (7 targets, 4 receptions) lead the team with 4 touchdowns, while Hernandez (4 targets, 2 catches) had 2, Welker (2 targets, 2 receptions) had 2, and Edelman (1 target, 1 reception) had one.

A couple of things to point out,  inside the 5 yard line of his 19 carries, Ridley surprisingly was tackled 8 times for a loss as well as 2 carries for no gain, which means more than half of his rushing attempts failed to gain any yardage.  Out of the entire group, Vereen was the only running back who managed to avoid losing yardage, albeit on just 4 carries.

You can view the numbers yourself here.

At the Opponents’ One Yard Line: ¬†One other thing worth pointing out is when the Patriots got down to their opponents one yard line, Ridley overall had a tough time, carrying 10 times for -1 yards on the year despite scoring four touchdowns. Of those carries he was stopped 4 times for a loss as well as twice for no gain.

Brandon Bolden also fared poorly from that distance, carrying 2 times for -5 yards. Meanwhile, Brady was a perfect 3-of-3, as was Vereen who carried 2 times with 2 TD’s. ¬†Woodhead was next finishing 1-of-2. One other fact? From the goal line the Patriots as a team actually carried 19 times for 0 yards.

Brady attempted just one pass last season from the one yard line, which was a touchdown pass to Hernandez.  It came in their road loss to the Seahawks back on October 14th, 2012.

You can view the full numbers here.

Obviously with a new group of players more or less replacing nearly the entire group at the receiver position and tight end spots, it will be interesting to see how much success New England has this season, especially when Brady is trying to keep the chains moving.

In the running game fortunately they’re returning most of their core players, so if nothing else hopefully they’ll continue to improve. ¬†Some of these numbers at least explains why the Patriots made some additional moves at running back, bringing in a couple of bigger players likely in hopes of improving on some of the issues they had last season.

We’ll at least start getting a look at some of these new players in a few weeks when training camp finally opens up at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots thought they had the Pittsburgh Steelers right where they wanted them, but in the end it wasn’t enough to steal receiver Emmanuel Sanders away and bring him to New England.

On Sunday Pittsburgh matched the Patriots $2.5 million offer sheet to Sanders, keeping him away from their Conference rival and forcing the Patriots to head back to the drawing board as they continue rebuilding what for now is still an uncertain position on their roster.

It’s already been a tough offseason for the Patriots, who lost free agent Wes Welker to the Broncos while also making the decision to part ways with Brandon Lloyd. The two accounted for nearly half of Tom Brady’s passing yards last season, sending New England into a rebuilding mode as they try to put together a more dynamic group that can be a little more effective outside the numbers.

Getting the ball down the field was definitely an issue in 2012. Last season the Patriots completion percentages ranked them 23rd in the league on throws to the deep left part of the field (31.25% completion rate), 27th on deep attempts to the middle (42.42% completion rate), and 28th on deep attempts to the right (26.32% completion rate).

They definitely took their shots, throwing 48 times down the field to the left (4th most in the NFL), 33 down the middle (6th most) and 38 down the field to the right (19th in the league).


Brandon Lloyd never ended up being the type of threat the Patriots were looking for. (FILE:USPresswire)

Looking at the numbers in our stats database, the Patriots clearly tried to make Brandon Lloyd their deep outside threat and it just didn’t work out. He was targeted a staggering 22 times with just 3 catches on deep attempts to the left (13% completion rate), along with 14 targets with just 5 catches on deep attempts to the right (35%).

Obviously the Patriots weren’t happy with his production and as a result they’ve opted to move in another direction.

So far they’ve added free agents Danny Amendola, Michael Jenkins and Donald Jones, but the group overall is still in need of an impact player. Sanders would have provided that and despite the price of a 3rd round pick would have potentially eliminated the uncertainty that comes with drafting someone, which is something that has plagued New England each time they’ve tried to select and develop a receiver in recent years.

As it stands right now they have Jenkins, Jones, Amendola, Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater, Jeremy Ebert, Kamar Aiken and Andre Holmes rounding out their depth chart. It’s an extremely thin group at this point, with Amendola as the only real established veteran who has shown the ability to be a playmaker. However he’s had some injury issues and the Patriots will be looking for him to try and put together a complete season for them.

New England brought back Edelman recently and he gives them some depth, but it’s tough to expect much from him given his past production. They tried to get him more involved in the offense last year but he was inconsistent, although he’s been a weapon for them on punt returns. Unfortunately he too has had his share of injury issues and joins Amendola in that department.

With Sanders off the table the Patriots are left having to reevaluate their options as they continue trying to rearm Brady with some firepower. One more big playmaker is definitely something they need, so the big question we’re left with now is waiting to see exactly where they’ll ultimately find him.

New England could still address the position in the draft or potentially add depth when teams make additional roster cuts in the coming months, but by trying to make a move to acquire Sanders it’s clear they know they have an issue. How they solve it will continue to be one of the big question marks this offseason and hopefully they’ll find an answer sooner rather than later.