Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) speaks to wide receiver Aaron Dobson (17) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola doubtful vs Atlanta Falcons

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Sep 8, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) heads to the field before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

 

The New England Patriots may be getting their All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski back this week, but it remains unclear as to if or how much he’ll play.

Quarterback Tom Brady likely won’t have his only other reliable receiving threat to go against the Atlanta Falcons this week. Receiver Danny Amendola has only played one full game with Brady, but after Amendola injured his groin in the Week 1 win over the Buffalo Bills, he hasn’t returned to the field since, and likely won’t again this Sunday:

 


Rookies Josh Boyce, Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins will once again be counted on to step-up for Brady, but this week vs the Falcons will be their biggest test thus far.

The three rookies haven’t done much through two weeks, and against a Falcons offense that will force the Pats to score more than the 23, 20, and 23-point performances they’ve had through their first three games, they’ll have to step-up this week to keep the Pats among the NFL’s unbeaten.

 

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