COMMENTARY | So far, the New England Patriots have clearly missed the services of Wes Welker. The frustration rose to a new level in their game against the New York Jets, where Tom Brady clearly couldn't get on the same page as any of his young receivers. This became clear as Brady seemed comfortable only with throwing the ball to Julian Edelman by the end of the game.
This being said, there is still hope. Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski, and Shane Vereen all figure to be back in the fold sooner or later. Unfortunately, Brady might have to wait a bit for Amendola to come to the rescue. According to a report, Amendola could be out of action anywhere from two to six weeks.
Luckily, the Patriots have had a pretty easy schedule so far. If you have to go without a few of your best targets, it's probably best to do so against the Jets and Buffalo Bills. Next week may not even be a huge concern, as they take on the seemingly dysfunctional Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have already lost to the Jets. After that, Amendola will be needed, as the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, and New Orleans Saints are on the schedule.
While Edelman has been very good so far, Brady clearly needs more help. Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins just aren't ready, and the Patriots are fortunate to be 2-0 against a couple of mediocre AFC East teams.
The Patriots knew what they were in for when they signed Amendola, as his injury concerns were no secret. While the important thing is having him healthy for the postseason, they really can't afford to have him out while Gronkowski is also sidelined.
The young receivers will improve, Gronkowski will be ready soon, and Edelman will keep fighting. But if the Patriots are to contend, Amendola needs to be on the field. It doesn't look great right now, but hopefully he can return sooner rather than later.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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