Part of what has made Patriots QB Tom Brady such an elite quarterback throughout his career has been the ability to spread the ball around. But this season, wide receiver Julian Edelman seemingly has been his only real option, with Rob Gronkowski slowly getting back to speed and some of the new faces still finding their way.
Kenbrell Thompkins was inactive yesterday, while Aaron Dobson caught one pass in the early part of the game. Brandon LaFell has yet to catch a pass, while Danny Amendola has three catches for 16 yards.
“Yeah, we’ve just got to find ways to get everybody the ball and spread it around to different guys,” Brady said. “We spread it around a little bit yesterday. (Amendola) didn’t get the ball as much as obviously I’d like to get it to him. Brandon LaFell, the same thing. Aaron Dobson had one catch to start the game and didn’t get a lot of other looks after that. We’ve got to get the ball to everybody and spread the ball around to everybody.”
Spreading the ball around hasn't happened yet for Brady and the Pats. While the young receivers have had another with Brady, Dobson's injury has hurt the Pats deep-play potential. TE Rob Gronkowski's slow recovery is likely playing a role as well as he was limited to just 29 snaps this week, also thanks in part to a lopsided win. Things should get better as the weeks go by, but Brady owners should expect up and down production until things get settled.