If there is one player you can’t succeed without, it’s usually your quarterback. In the New England Patriots ’ case, it’s Tom Brady. There are very few teams who have one player that can carry the entire franchise. If Bill Belichick is smart, he will sit Brady until week one.
During practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady sprained his left knee after running into his lineman. With the number of ACL injuries already in the NFL, Patriot fans everywhere held their collective breaths. The last time Brady went down clutching his knee, he tore his ACL against the Kansas City Chiefs.
With the loss of offensive weapons in Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker, Brady is more important than ever. His ability to make his sub-par receiving corps look magnificent is something very few quarterbacks have ever done. With an above-average offensive line, Brady’s health is a big key in the Patriots’ Super Bowl aspirations.
If Brady can stay healthy in 2013, expect the Patriots to be one of the last teams in contention as usual. With the additions of Danny Amendola, Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce, the Patriots could have a great young receiving corps for the future. Don’t count out Rob Gronkowski, either.
Brady is worth more than anyone on the Patriots. Without him, there is no success. He must rest until the season opener because at his age, injuries will have a bigger affect on his body. With Belichick in charge, expect Brady to be ready to go opening day. With all the drama surrounding the Patriots this offseason, watching Brady carve up a defense will definitely wash out the bad taste in everyone’s mouth.