Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) walks off the field after the AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium. The Ravens won 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Exec: Teams Want To Play Patriots Early


The New England Patriots are limping into the 2013 NFL season. They’ve lost their top 5 receivers from 2012. The only one returning is Rob Gronkowski but he is injured and unlikely to be available at the beginning of the season.

That has the Patriots considering playing Shane Vereen at tight end or wide receiver.

This depleted Patriots squad is making an early match up very appealing to NFL opponents according to NFL executives.

“Three of the quarterback’s four best weapons are gone, if you throw (Brandon) Lloyd in there,” one NFC executive told NFL.com’s Albert Breer. “The run game is solid, but how much of that was because of how well they throw it? The defense is just OK. … I think they’re average, depending on when Gronk gets back. Teams are gonna be biting at the bit to play them early on.”

Now it’s unfair to not point out that the Patriots did sign Danny Amendola to replace Wes Welker. Amendola, however, is no Wes Welker. He has also battled injuries and struggled to stay healthy.

Tags: Aaron Hernandez Danny Amendola New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski Wes Welker

  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    It is very easy to underestimate the unknown. Brady has a way of making positive connections with new players. Lloyd caught 74 passes last year, it was his first time playing with Brady. The Pats will still score 30+ points per game and the defense will be better than average this year….something most teams will not expect because they are always worried about the Pats offense.

    • Tyler Cary

      You cannot really believe that they will put up 30 points or more every game do you? You Pats fans are very confident in Brady, and I do not see him looking quite as good this season. Gronk is the only receiver on the team that has a 1,000 yard or better season. Amendola is the next best, his best season was only 689 yards, and that wasn’t last year. The rest of the guys do not have impressive stats by any means, and what happens when mr. 6th worst under pressure starts needing more time in the pocket? Bad passes, interceptions, and sacks are going to be a familiar companion for Brady this coming season.

      • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

        …..not sure if you are a Brady hater or just jealous that he puts up great numbers every year even though you point out that he is the 6th worse QB under pressure. Your prediction of more bad passes, interceptions, and sacks are a bit of wishful thinking. Keep in touch during the season……I know you will be following Brady’s success (or in your case, demise)……and yes, they will continue to score 30+ points per game as long as Brady is under center.