It’s no secret that the Patriots’ offense hasn’t lived up to their lofty expectations heading into the year.
What started as a group consisting of Demaryius Thomas, Josh Gordon, and eventually Antonio Brown has now dwindled down to Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett and a cast of rookies and newcomers.
With players being released, traded or talking themselves out of town, it’s been a rollercoaster ride when it comes to the receiving corps.
One of those new pieces is Mohamed Sanu. While Sanu has shown signs of grasping the offense and slowly becoming a part of Brady’s coveted Circle of Trust, there seems to be a speed bump in the road.
Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu reportedly could miss a couple of weeks with high ankle sprain: https://t.co/pg69nmCQs7
— 98.5 The Sports Hub (@985TheSportsHub) November 21, 2019
A high ankle sprain is a problem. Regardless if Sanu misses time or decides to play through it, this is going to be a lingering injury for a few weeks … which is not good news for this offense.
Add to it that Phillip Dorsett may not play due to signs of a concussion, and you start to see that Tom Brady may be going into this weekend’s game against the Cowboys severely undermanned.
N’Keal Harry has been back for one game and while he looked good for what he did, you’d prefer to ease him back into the lineup as opposed to be thrust into a major role. And if Sanu can’t go Sunday, then Harry will indeed have to step up.
Rookie Jakobi Meyers flashed big-time in the preseason but he has yet to find that same success during the meaningful games. Could he fall into that same groove he was to start the year? Possibly. But betting a win on two rookies playing a major part is risky business.
Julian Edelman has been a nice tent pole for Brady, but with few other viable receiving options around him, it allows defenses to double or even triple cover him whenever they want. And as good as Jules is, it’s tough to beat triple coverage every play.
The official injury report won’t be released until game day, but things are already looking bare for Brady and his offense for this weekend’s matchup with the Cowboys.
No wonder the team is kicking the tires on the situation with Antonio Brown.