Tom Brady is without his two best targets — wide receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski — so the New England Patriots quarterback took matters into his own hands Sunday.
The Patriots dug into their bag of tricks in the third quarter with the Philadelphia Eagles leading 28-14. Running back James White took a direct snap and flipped to wide receiver Danny Amendola, who connected with Brady along the sideline for a 36-yard gain.
The trick play was eerily similar to one the Patriots practiced in training camp that saw Brady snag a sweet, one-handed TD catch. This time, it sent the Gillette Stadium crowd into a frenzy, but the joy didn’t last long, as Brady threw an interception on the next play. The Eagles ended up holding on for a 35-28 upset win.
Offense wasn’t New England’s biggest issue Sunday, as the Patriots’ special teams really struggled. But it’s clear the injuries to Edelman and Gronkowski are impacting Brady’s ability to move the football. Perhaps TB12 should split out wide more often.
On second thought, Brady’s OK at the whole quarterbacking thing despite New England’s back-to-back losses.
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