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Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Thompkins needs time
Over the past two seasons, 26 different receivers have gained at least 1,000 yards in a campaign. None of them has been rookies, which says something in itself. But more telling in comparison to Thompkins is how each of those players performed in the first game of his rookie season.
And which is why the Patriots see that afternoon’s flaws as part of the progression, not necessarily a problem.
“It’s not just one player. It’s not just K.T. It’s all of us that have to work harder to communicate, to be on the same page,” Brady said during his weekly Monday interview on WEEI radio. “When you’re in the first week of the year, there’s a lot of things that we can do better. There’s a lot of things that aren’t right yet.”
AN INJURY that might mean playing someone sooner than they’re ready could be the reported hamstring strain that Zach Sudfeld incurred. He didn’t play in the fourth quarter, and without him Michael Hoomanawanui is the only healthy tight end on the roster.
THE EFFORT by the Patriots’ defense Sunday might’ve been overlooked a bit because of the focus on the offense, but they’re deserving of credit. Not only did they keep Bills weapon C.J. Spiller to 2.5 yards per touch, Buffalo had only one drive longer than either six plays or 37 yards, and after the Pats fell behind they yielded the Bills only 74 yards on five offensive series.
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