Coming into this season, the narrative was all about the weapons lost by the Patriots, and that has only gotten worse. Aaron Hernandez is in jail, Rob Gronkoswki is still working his way back from his long list of offseason surgeries, Wes Welker is a member of the Denver Broncos, and Brandon Lloyd has recently retired.
So, the Patriots brought in Danny Amendola to fill the Welker role, and one week in, he is doubtful with a groin injury.
The Patriots also figured to rely heavily on Shane Vereen at running back and outside lined up as a receiver, and he was fantastic during Week 1. He was one of just two running backs in the NFL to rush for 100+ yards, and even caught seven balls for 58 yards. Well, it turns out that on the first play of the game Vereen broke a bone in his wrist, underwent surgery after the game, and has been placed on injured reserve designated for return; he won’t be eligible to play in a game again until Week 11.
The Patriots also brought is a bunch of rookies, one of which is tight end Zach Sudfeld, who reportedly pulled a hamstring in Week 1 and is doubtful to play in Week 2.
Second round pick Aaron Dobson missed Week 1 and is questionable for Week 2, also dealing with a pulled hamstring.
Add this to Stevan Ridley being benched on Sunday after putting the ball on the ground twice, and give the Patriots a short week facing the New York Jets this Thursday, and we will see how much Tom Brady can really overcome.