Tom Brady has had the pressure of leading the Patriots offense for most of his NFL career. But this year, the weight on Brady's shoulders may be heavier than ever.
With the departure of Wes Welker, the arrest and subsequent release of Aaron Hernandez, and Rob Gronkowski coming off surgery. Brady has started training camp without his top five pass-catchers from last season. Through the first five days of practices, Brady has been forced to work in a fresh crop of receivers and has discussed the importance of being patient.
However, Ben Volin said on UNO Sports Tonight that Brady can't afford to be patient at this point in his career.
"They still have big Super Bowl dreams around here," said Volin. "It just so happens that a lot of the receivers they have are young guys -- 6 out of the 12 receivers are rookies -- but that doesn't mean the standards are lower around here in Foxboro."
With that being said, Volin could see the Patriots putting more emphasis on the running game.
"If you're just talking about how they're gonna emphasize the strengths of this team, I think it's the running game and the offensive line," Volin said. "And I don't think it's necessary to run 90 plays a game in this hurry-up offense."