Re: Gamble on Amendola Not Paying Off
posted at 9/15/2013 11:05 PM EDT
New England Patriots: Danny Amendola Injury Possibly More Serious Than Originally Reported
COMMENTARY | What started as a simple one weekgroin injury may turn out to be more serious than anyone expected. A new report from NFL Network'sIan Rapoport, and subsequently reported by Luke Hughes at NESN.com, claims that the groin injury suffered by the New England Patriots' primary receiverDanny Amendola may keep him off the field between two and six weeks.
Amendola originally injured his groin in a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 16., causing him to miss the next two preseason games. Amendola then reaggravated the injury during the Patriots' first regular season game against the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo, NY.
The injury could severely limit the Patriots on offense
It's doubtful that there is anyone in America more disappointed with the bad news than star Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady, who struggled mightily to find more than one quality receiver in his second regular season game victory over the New York Jets. In the absence of Amendola, coach Bill Belichick called on rookie receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins to assist veteran Julian Edelman.
After one 39 yard touchdown pass to Aaron Dobson from Tom Brady on a well-executed fake screen, the two receivers looked bewildered all night. Despite being targeted a combined 17 times, the two rookies managed to bring in a total of only 5 receptions for 103 yards. Unless Brady and Belichick can work their magic on the two young receivers, it's unlikely New England is going to be able to keep up with the Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals or the New Orleans Saints in weeks four, five and six respectively.
Because both Dobson and Thompkins struggled running deep routes and more complicated plays, expect the Patriots to go back to the drawing board to produce more simplified routes for the two rookie receivers, to include more short passes and screen plays to running backs and to run the ball more frequently, especially in the red zone, where the Patriots failed to score in three trips.
The New England Patriots' next game is against theTampa Bay Buccaneers at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday, Sept. 22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.
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Justin Haskins is a New England native and a freelance journalist. He has been obsessively following Boston professional sports for 10 years and has been published in numerous online publications and websites.
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I guess Glazer was on to something since two other major sources now writing the same thing. I bet I could find more...