One of the biggest topics in all of the NFL this week is that of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his sudden shortage of weapons on offense. As the Patriots get set to face the 1-0 New York Jets Thursday night, they will be without wide receiver Danny Amendola and running back Shane Vereen.
Amendola won’t be out as long as Vereen, who is expected to miss around 10-12 weeks at this point. But, Brady will definitely have a lack of options against New York.
His top target will likely be wideout Julian Edelman, who caught seven passes for 79 yards on Sunday in week one. The second option for Brady will probably be rookie wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, who hauled in four passes for 42 yards.
Although the pickings are slim beyond those two, New England will be just fine. Let’s face it, the Jets were given a gift Sunday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and rookie quarterback Geno Smith has tons to learn still. The Patriots should have no problem getting a win.
Despite having a lack of talent surrounding him Thursday night, we must remember that Brady is still the guy who won a Super Bowl with Troy Brown and David Patten as his top two targets. Brady simply makes every single player around him better — that’s who he is.
I have a feeling Brady will find somebody new Thursday night that he decides to make a bit more relevant on offense. Who will that be? It’ll be whoever Brady wants it to be. He’s still one of the best quarterbacks there is, and for people to worry about a Brady-led team is laughable. He’ll get it done, no doubt about it.