The Patriots are currently locked in a battle with the New York Jets on Thursday night football. Although they are winning 13-10, Tom Brady is struggling to find a rhythm with his young ensemble of wide receivers in the absence of Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola. It appears that Gronk could be returning as soon as week three, given the team’s ten day span between tonight’s game and their next contest.
If for some reason the star tight end is still not yet to go, there is no doubt he will be playing in week 4. Ian Rapoport reported that Gronkowski “will be playing” in week four earlier Thursday.
As of this writing, the Patriots tight ends have yet to make a reception through three quarters of play against the rival Jets.
The other key man in Tom Brady’s aresenal, Danny Amendola, has missed a ton of games over his career, so it’s no surprise he’s missing more time. Reports from NFL.com suggest that the groin ailment will result in 2-6 more missed games.
Flashes of potential from the young receivers being featured in place of the injured stars came through early against the Jets. Aaron Dobson made the most of his first career reception, going 47 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Since then however, both Dobson and rookie Kenbrell Thompkins have looked awful. Dropped pass after dropped pass have stalled drives, placing too much pressure on Julian Edleman, the most established receiver playing in blue tonight, to get open and make things happen.
On the sidelines Tom Brady has struggled to contain his frustration. New England is getting desperate for Gronkowski to return to the field.
After offseason surgeries held him out of training camp, Gronk has practiced with the team since the opening week of the season, but is not yet ready for game action.
In week three the Patriots will play Tampa Bay. If Gronk is unable to go then, he will make his 2013 debut in week four against the Atlanta Falcons.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express