Adam Schefter on D&C: Rob Gronkowski back ‘maybe as early as this week’
|09.16.13 at 11:46 am ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday to discuss the Patriots’ lack of offensive weapons and New England’s Week 3 opponent, the Buccaneers.
The Patriots are coming off of a 13-10 win at home against the Jets on Thursday night. The win disappointed some because of the lack of production from the offense. Tom Brady completed just 19 of his 39 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown.
With tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) and wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin) sidelined with injuries, New England has been forced to turn to inexperienced playmakers like Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Julian Edelman at the skill positions.
Schefter was quick to remind fans that as bleak as the offensive outlook looks, a few teams have it worse.
“Even for the Patriots’ injuries or free agent defections, whatever it may be, they still don’t compare to other teams,” said Schefter who mentioned the Browns, Raiders and Jaguars as teams with worse offensive weapons than New England. “There are some teams that really have so few offensive weapons. “But saying that, [the Patriots] wouldn’t rank particularly high with the depth they’re playing with right now.”
On Thursday, rookie wide receivers Thompkins and Dobson combined to catch five passes, despite a whopping 17 targets, for 103 yards. Even more concerning, no tight end registered a reception.
Schefter mentioned that reinforcements could be on the way for the Patriots.
“Now say that at some point here, maybe as early as this week, Gronk is going to come back, at some point, Danny Amendola, maybe a few weeks, will come back, and let’s just say Gronk and Amendola are on the field at the same time, then all of a sudden it’s not as bleak and as desperate as people think. So there’s still some hope that some of these guys can get back, to me,” Schefter said.
Tampa Bay’s inauspicious start to the season continued on Sunday as the Buccaneers fell to 0-2 after a 16-14 loss to the Saints.
Controversy hit Tampa Bay late last week when reports indicated there is turmoil between coach Greg Schiano and quarterback Josh Freeman.
Schefter still expects Freeman to start Sunday.
“I still think they have to go with Freeman,” Schefter said. “Freeman ultimately was probably not the reason they lost yesterday’s game, though he didn’t play particularly well.”
However, Schefter warned that Freeman’s days in a Bucs uniform could be numbered.
“I think at some point this season, probably sooner rather than later, we’re going to get the hook on Josh Freeman; the question is when,” Schefter said.
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