On Thursday afternoon, the New England Patriots announced their decision to cut ties with veteran wide receiver, Michael Jenkins. In turn, their choice only adds more fuel to the fire that the organization trusts in their youthful wide receiving core, one that will enter the season with uncertain expectations, but under the guidance of future Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady.
While Brady’s knee injury stole headlines and put all of New England into panic mode for a few hours on Wednesday afternoon, things have returned to normal with their star back on the practice field just one day later. Overall however, New England is now set to move forward with a solid, yet unaccomplished receiving core that has certainly taken a hit compared to year’s past.
While the Patriots are holding out hope that Rob Gronkowski will return to Pro Bowl form in 2013, Brady and New England will have to get used to some new names within the offense. From Danny Amendola to Aaron Dobson, the pressure to produce is now soaring. In addition to the two aforementioned names, New England is also welcoming back Julian Edelman, but its the emergence of both Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce that has given this team enough confidence to move forward with their youthful core.
With Brady manning the offense, there’s never much doubt to what New England can do, but it’s clear that the crafty veteran will have his work cut out for him during the 2013 NFL season. The youngsters need to live up to increasing expectations however, so this is a two-way street.