Adam Schefter on D&C: ‘I just get a sense that we’ll see Gronk this week’
|10.07.13 at 9:46 am ET|
ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday to talk Patriots and other news from around the NFL.
New England dropped its first game of the season Sunday as the Bengals defense stifled the Tom Brady-led offense in Cincinnati’s 13-6 win.
Brady went without a touchdown pass for the first time in 52 games. His poor performance (18-of-38, 197 yards, one interception) has reignited the debate that Bill Belichick and the New England organization has not surrounded him with enough weapons for a deep playoff run this season.
“The first week we say to these guys that Zach Sudfeld was supposed to be great, and Kenbrell Thompkins, and Josh Boyce, and all these guys, and they say, ‘No, no, no. It’s not just that easy to step in, you don’t surround Tom Brady with guys who are automatically going to play at the level of Wes Welker,’ that was their thinking,” said Schefter.
The Patriots cut the rookie undrafted tight end Sudfeld last week, and rookie wide receivers Boyce, Thompkins and Aaron Dobson, who were supposed to fill the void for the loses of former wide receivers Brandon Lloyd and Welker, combined to catch five passes for 65 yards against the Bengals.
Schefter mentioned Josh Gordon of Cleveland and Kenny Britt of Tennessee as wide receivers on the trade market, but noted the unlikeness of New England completing a trade before the Oct. 29 deadline.
“I don’t think the Patriots wind up making a move for a wide receiver, I just don’t see that happening. Now, I’m not going to tell you that something doesn’t change, they get another injury, they change their thinking,” said Schefter. “But I just think that when you look at right now, they went that route and they gave up some draft picks for some veteran players and I think they’d rather have not made those moves now. And I think they’re just going to sit tight and let these youngsters grow and mature and hopefully develop for their sake and be good players.”
The Pats offense could receive a boost with the possible return of tight end Rob Gronkowski next Sunday against the Saints. Gronkowski has been sidelined for the first five games of the season after surgeries on his back and forearm.
“My guess, and it’s a guess, would be that he winds up playing Sunday,” said Schefter. “Coming off a loss, coming home to play the Saints, highly anticipated game, big showdown, going to need some points and yards and production to beat that team. I just get a sense that we’ll see Gronk this week.”
After losing Vince Wilfork for the season with a torn right Achilles, and with Tommy Kelly leaving Sunday’s game with a knee injury, New England is perilously thin at defensive tackle.
“If Tommy Kelly is out for any significant period, and I have not heard an update about that injury to know how serious it is or isn’t, but if he is, how do you lose Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly and think that line is going to be as stout as they’re projecting it to be. It just can’t be,” said Schefter.
Week 5’s game of the week featured a shootout between the Broncos and Cowboys in Dallas. Denver outlasted the Cowboys, 51-48, thanks to a late interception thrown by Tony Romo. The quarterback threw an interception in his own territory with under two minutes remaining in a 48-48 game to set up an easy game-winning field goal for the Broncos.
“He made a poor decision, he forced that throw, he got picked off, he did exactly what he has done throughout the entire course of his career,” said Schefter. “He’s been a really good quarterback, I am a Tony Romo fan and a supporter, but I’ve seen that game. … How many times have we seen that exact type of situation?”
Late Sunday night, the Vikings acquired former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman. After an 0-3 start to the season, Tampa Bay benched Freeman for its subsequent game, then released him Thursday.
“I think that they felt that they could upgrade their roster with Josh Freeman, and I think that Josh Freeman goes into Minnesota as the guy to beat out for that starting job once he learns the system,” said Schefter. “So the Vikings hope that he can revive that offense.”
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