It’s been a roller coaster of a ride when it comes to the Patriots 2019 offense. Several receivers have come and gone. Demaryius Thomas, Josh Gordon, and Antonio Brown among them. The offensive line is starting three players projected to either be backups when the season started or were not even on the Patriots roster. And, of course, the tight end position has seen an upheaval with the retirement of Rob Gronkowski and the injury/suspension issues with the current group.
All these factors have contributed to the perception that the Patriots offense, and in particular Tom Brady, have been mediocre at best. Not so fast.
It is not all doom and gloom following the Patriots first loss of the season to the Ravens on Sunday Night. Their first defeat in 323 days. Quite the contrary. There is a lot to be excited for moving forward, particularly on offense, as new “weapon” Mohamed Sanu looks to have made a quick connection with Brady. Something not easy to do in such a short period of time.
“He did a great job,” Brady said on the Greg Hill Morning Show on WEEI in Boston. “Just did a great job finding little spots in the zone and catches the ball well and runs hard. I thought he did a great job for us. It’s a real credit to him two weeks in to come in here and have that type of contribution.”
The traditional hurry up offense the Patriots have been known for was on full display for much of the game and was incredibly effected outside of a slow first quarter start. Even after the Julian Edelman fumble on the opening drive of the second half, they still marched right down the field with little to no resistance but ultimately the awful start on both sides of the ball in the first quarter was too much to overcome.
Sanu finished the night with 10 catches, 81 yards, and a touchdown. He was Brady’s most targeted receiver just behind Edelman who also finished the night with 10 receptions. It stands to reason that the connection will only get stronger as the season progresses. As will the offense as a whole. Especially with the expected debut of wide receiver N’Keal Harry and the return of left tackle Isaiah Wynn in the coming weeks. Two moves that should help resolve a lot of issues we have seen from the offense over the last several weeks.