- Gary Horton, Scouts Inc.
We have been spoiled for years watching the creativity and versatility of the New England Patriots offense. Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are the best in the business at adjusting their schemes to fit the personnel they have on hand, and they are probably in the early stages of their biggest challenge yet with Tom Brady trying to bring a passing game up to speed without his top five pass-catchers from a year ago.
Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson, both rookie WRs with good skill sets, are under tremendous pressure to get on the same page mentally with their QB. The first two weeks of the season were clearly frustrating for Brady, but in Week 3 we saw glimpses of things starting to come together and the young WRs actually looked as if they had a feel for what was expected.
Right now the one guy that Brady totally seems to trust is versatile WR Julian Edelman, but when Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola are back and healthy, and these young guys have a little more time to improve in the system, this passing game may be as productive as ever -- even if it looks different.
Gary Horton examines the New England Patriots offense and how it has changed this season.