And his bumbling side kick Brandon LaFell for that matter.
All is looking up for Patriots nation after the dominating performance against the Minnesota
AdrianPetersons Vikings last Sunday. Finally our defense looked how we expected it to and our offense was better. And by offense I simply mean Julian Edelman and Stevan Ridley, since they were really the only people who did anything worth mentioning that game. Where is the rest of these receivers? I would be nice for Juju to get some other pass catchers out there with him to help ease the load.
Here’s the catch breakdown from the Vikings’ game:
- Julian Edelman: 6 catches, 81 yards and a TD
- Rob Gronkowski: 4 catches, 32 yards
- James Develin: 2 catches, 17 yards
- Aaron Dobson: 1 catch, 13 yards
- Michael Hoomanawanui: 1 catch, 6 yards
- Shane Vereen: 1 catch, 0 yards
Gronk is obviously slowly working his way back into football, which of course makes sense since it takes about 15 gallons of oil to lube up the Tin Man. Dobson is also working back from injury and Kenbrell Thompkins (for some strange, unknown, weird reason) was a healthy scratch. But where in the blue blazes is Danny Amendola? And Brandon LaFell!?
The production from these two has been, to put it lightly, simply horrid. The two have combined for 3 catches for a whopping 16 yards. Oh, and Amendola is the one with 3 catches and 16 yards. LaFell just has six targets is Week 1 and then nada in Week 2. The “new” excuse can be used for LaFell, after all Chad Ochocino couldn’t learn the Patriots playbook. (In fact it seems that he couldn’t learn the Dolphins one either. I think somethings wrong with his head…)
That doesn’t explain Danny Amendola’s disappearing act. He’s been on the team a whole year now and there is quite a bit of cash wrapped up into those two men. McDaniels has now even been asked about the lack of another receiving threat in the offense, and specifically where the hell is Amendola (and LaFell):
“I don’t think it’s a lack of communication or a lack of being on the same page. I think a lot of times – first of all, we only threw the ball 21 times or whatever it was [against the Vikings]. And many of those were in two-receiver type settings, or came out quick in three-step type drops. A lot of times, the coverage dictates where the ball goes. I don’t think it was a case of Tom misreading the coverage or looking in a specific direction.”
McDaniels is still certain they both, especially Amendola, have Brady’s trust going forward:
“I have a lot of confidence in Danny, I have a lot confidence in all our receivers, tight ends and backs and the passing game. I would anticipate we’ll go forward and the ball will get distributed to a lot of those guys that can do a lot of good things with it.”
Yes, there is only one ball to get passed around and so some receivers will obviously have less than impressive games. But right now, the Patriots are paying Amendola $190,627 a catch. So far this season. You’d think for some one set to make $4.5mm this year, we’d have seen a bit more production from him so far.
Hopefully against the Raiders’ piss poor excuse for a pass defense will reawaken the Brady to Amendola connection and at least tease us with a hint of LaFell. Until then, we can sit here angry and blame all our problems on these two world travelers and their travel agent, Carmen Sandiego.