There is little doubt that New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is frustrated with the lack of offensive talent he has had to deal with over the past two years. Brady, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, has had little to work with in recent years. Despite a really bad start to the 2013 season. he helped to guide an over achieving offensive unit to the AFC Championship game. Little has changed for Brady as the club heads into the 2014 campaign. He looks to head into another season with no deep threat, another trio of running backs by committee and a couple of slot receivers.
As one player on the Patriots roster not afraid to challenge head coach Bill Belichick, Brady took a veiled shot across the bow of the coaching staff once again this preseason.
New England inked a deal with free agent Brandon LaFell in the offseason and Brady thinks his talents are coming along.
“He keeps making more plays. He’s understanding better and better. He’s a veteran. He’s savvy, knows how to run the routes, big body, big frame, makes a lot of tough catches.”Brady playfully pointed to LaFell’s 6-foot-3 frame as a much-welcome anomaly to the, respectively, 5-foot-11 and 5-foot-10 duo of Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman,” according to NFL.com
Brady continued, “Absolutely. I’ve got some of the little pygmies out there like Julian and Danny and it’s nice to have a little bigger guy out there from time to time who has a bigger catch radius,” Brady said. “Hopefully Danny and Julian don’t get mad at me for saying that. They won’t. They know I’m joking.”
One has to wonder if he really is joking. His window is closing. He’s watched as some of his best receivers have gone to other places in recent years. He also watches as Peyton Manning has been stocked with a vast array of offensive weapons. He better hope that Brandon LaFell is an actual deep threat for 2014. Otherwise it will be a dink and dunk offense to backs and his pygmy receivers.