At first blush, many observers thought the Patriots’ offense would be fine with premier tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receivers such as Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell picking up the slack. Coach Bill Belichick is highly regarded as a master of adjusting when key players are lost, and he traded for former Colts No. 1 pick Phillip Dorsett.
But the problems at receiver intensified first when Mitchell went on injured reserve with a knee injury (he can return in eight weeks if healthy), and then when Amendola left the Chiefs game with a concussion.
Without Edelman, Mitchell and Amendola if he’s out for a few weeks, Brady must work with a receiving corps that includes two guys, Cooks and Dorsett, in their first years in the Patriots’ system, plus Hogan in his second year. Even a 12-time Pro Bowler and five-time Super Bowl champ needs time to develop chemistry with new receivers.
As pointed out in Geoff Schwartz’ preview of the opener, the Chiefs’ West Coast-style offense emphasizes a strong rushing attack and intermediate passing routes to move the chains.
“Smith helps win football games because he doesn’t make mistakes and manages Reid’s game plan,” Schwartz wrote. “However, for the Chiefs to take the next step, they need him to throw the ball downfield more. Since 2013, he’s had the fewest air yards per pass attempt.”
On Thursday, Smith attempted only four passes of more than 20 Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa yards, but when he did, he nailed it. He completed three of those passes for 178 yards with two Cheap Official NHL Jerseys touchdowns.