Patience With Injured Players Key For New England Patriots

By philipalexander
Danny Amendola
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It’s hard to be patient if you are a football fan. You want to see immediate production and success from your favorite team. Fans of the New England Patriots haven’t had much of either yet.

The Patriots are 2-0, but it is the least-convincing 2-0 in the NFL. These two wins came by a combined five points against the rebuilding Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. Much of that can be attributed to the absence of All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola. Gronkowski has not been active for either game while Amendola played about half of the game against the Bills, and missed the game against the Jets.

So now most fans want to see these two play immediately, and at the same time. Nobody knows what the Patriots’ offense will look like if Gronkowski and Amendola are both healthy and in the lineup. The potential for success is tantalizing, as Gronkowski is the best tight end in the league (when healthy), and Amendola can be considered a top-five slot receiver in the league (when healthy). You combine those two with an elite quarterback like Tom Brady, and you have a recipe for success.

Even though this offense continues to look ugly without those two weapons, it is in the best interest of the team to sit both of them in week three against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is another game in which the Patriots can tough it out without Gronkowski and Amendola, as the Bucs appear to be spiraling downward.

The first big test for the Patriots starts in week four, when the team visits the Atlanta Falcons. So it would be wise for Bill Belichick to give his top-two offensive weapons another week to rest up and get healthy because they will be needed for the Pats to have any shot of winning that game.

Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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