Last season it was no secret that the New England Patriots were limited when it came to passing the ball downfield out side of the numbers. There were a few reasons why they had trouble doing this. The first was that former all-pro receiver Chad Ochocinco could not grasp the Patriots’ complex offense so he spent most of the season on the bench. Also Deion Branch’s age caught up with him last year and he no longer had the burst in his step that he had in years past. The offense was however extremely successful over the middle of the field with Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Even with this extreme handicap, quarterback Tom Brady was still able to pass for the second most passing yards all time and lead the team to the Superbowl.
It seems like head-coach Bill Belichick has learned his lesson from last year. Just in the few weeks of free-angency the Patriots have already added three prominent wideout threats.
Anthony Gonzalez who is a former first round draft pick on the Indianapolis Colts has shown great potential when he has been able to get on the field, he has just been plagued with injuries up to this point in his NFL career. He should have not trouble grasping the offense because the Colt’s no-huddle or hurry-up offense is very similar to what the Patriots like to do. (more…)