The New England Patriots are nonetheless struggling to get their offense shifting, however hopefully the addition of Mohamed Sanu may assist.
Regardless that the New England Patriots shut out the New York Jets 33-Zero on Monday Night time Soccer, it’s laborious to not discover the diminishing working assault that the crew has to work with. What’s even tougher to disregard is that the fault might not lie solely with the Pats’ working backs, both.
Sony Michel was the lead runner for the Patriots final week, ending with 42 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries, whereas averaging 2.2 yards per carry in opposition to the New York Jets. It could be simple to get blinded by the three touchdowns that Michel scored, and overlook concerning the bigger points involving the offensive line and New England’s struggling floor recreation.
The subsequent main rusher was Julian Edelman, with 20 yards on the bottom from three totally different end-around performs. The crew has tried to scale back the wear and tear and tear on Edelman, however but they find yourself having to make use of him within the working recreation to assist transfer the ball downfield. Because the Pats progress ahead via the season, lowering the ‘soiled work’ for Edelman can be essential to his sturdiness heading into November, December, after which the playoffs.
Damien Harris lastly noticed some motion in opposition to the Jets. The rookie third-round decide carried the ball 4 occasions for a complete of 12 yards, though that wasn’t actually an correct illustration of how he carried out on the night time. Harris regarded actually explosive and introduced an power into the sport that the Pats might use extra typically. The duo of Michel and Harris might be simply the spark this offense wants.
Each James White and Brandon Bolden had been used within the passing recreation for the Pats. White led all receivers with seven catches that he was 59 yards. Bolden added one other 4 catches for 39 yards. It’s not odd to see that these guys are used heavy within the receiving recreation, however the working backs in all probability shouldn’t be the main receivers on the crew.
An increasing number of issues are starting to floor for this offense. The run blocking from the offensive line hasn’t been superb, thus creating an absence of manufacturing on the bottom. The shortage of offensive weaponry has additionally been hurting the crew… though the Pats simply traded for vast receiver Mohamed Sanu to assist tackle this particular situation. To high all of it off, the variety of accidents that has hit the crew this season is thru the roof (notably on offense).
You possibly can’t deny that the crew hasn’t performed something to deal with these points. As we strategy the commerce deadline, we’re going to listen to just a few extra rumors concerning a further acquisition for the Pats. Possibly an offensive lineman and even one other tight finish might be headed to New England, as each have been rumored positions that the Patriots are eager about buying and selling for.
With that in thoughts, the Pats simply shipped Michael Bennett to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2021 conditional seventh-round draft decide. We in all probability all thought that if the crew was going to tug the set off on dealing Bennett away, they’d have gotten a participant in return. That was not the case right here, however a seventh-round decide has been discovered worthwhile by Invoice Belichick previously… so right here’s hoping it’s used effectively when the time ultimately comes.