With several key injuries throughout the season to the Patriots’ offense, they have been searching for answers especially after a tough offensive game versus the Cincinnati Bengals.
While the Patriots have had their share of receivers and running backs go down, Andy Hart and Paul Perillo debate on Patriots Football Weekly which has hurt the team more.
“I really think the biggest issue right now in the offense is Shane Vereen,” Hart said. “I know it sounds weird for a guy that hasn’t had a lot of contributions. But all the lacking at the receivers, the lacking at tight end, the lacking of consistent pass catchers out of the backfield, I think we have seen what a spark Shane Vereen can be for an offense that’s searching for an identity. I really think the loss of Vereen has been huge the first month.”
Perillo thought injuries to the Patriots’ wide receivers has hurt the development of the offense.
“I don’t think Tom Brady has any idea who he can rely on,” Perillo said. “Danny Amendola was supposed to be the guy, the focal point. He obviously has been banged up, missed some time. He came back against the Bengals, but he is not himself. It’s going to take some time there. I thought he was a little rusty, he dropped some passes, which I think is atypical. But even with [Kenbrell] Thompkins and [Aaron] Dobson, these guys have been sort of in-and-out. You don’t know what you are going to get from them from game to game.”