By Matthew Geagan, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — If the Patriots offense needs to get again on observe, the group goes to need to get much more out of its high two receivers going ahead.
Cam Newton continues to say that the solutions for the Patriots offense are within the New England locker room. Judging by their output in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos, that’s the place Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry spent a lot of the day, as a result of they actually didn’t spend it catching passes.
Edelman and Harry mixed for simply two catches for eight yards in Sunday’s 18-12 loss to the Denver Broncos, with Edelman making each receptions. Newton focused the duo simply eight occasions on his 25 passes, with six of these targets going Edelman’s manner.
Edelman had simply as many completions as he did receptions on Sunday, connecting on a pair of passes when Josh McDaniels dialed up some desperation trick performs within the fourth quarter. He contributed extra as a passer than he did as a receiver towards the Broncos.
Neither Edelman or Harry have been in a position to get open Sunday, which pressured Newton to hold on to the ball for too lengthy or dump it off to a working again, as he did eight occasions with James White. White was New England’s main receiver on Sunday with 65 yards.
Patriots receivers had simply six catches off 13 targets, with Damiere Byrd the chief within the clubhouse with three receptions. Newton caught extra passes than Harry on the afternoon.
That’s not going to result in factors on the scoreboard for any offense.
Newton echoed his religion in New England’s receiving corps once more on Monday, and there are some built-in excuses for Sunday’s poor efficiency. Newton’s timing was off after not enjoying — and barely training — during the last two weeks. The dearth of observe reps affected everybody on the roster.
And whereas Edelman being on the earth for 34 years and taking some actually brutish hits during the last 11 years has caught as much as him, he confirmed in Week 2 that he can nonetheless have record-setting days within the receiving recreation. He tallied eight catches and a career-high 179 yards towards the Seahawks, a formidable efficiency in simply his second recreation with Newton at QB. It’d be ridiculous to anticipate that type of stat line each weekend, nevertheless it’s affordable to consider he can catch six-plus passes and transfer the chains a handful of occasions every recreation.
Edelman’s decline was anticipated, however Harry’s lack of manufacturing is the actual fear. He has simply 18 receptions on 30 targets for the season, and the second-year receiver nonetheless appears to be like misplaced on the sector. That reality was lowlighted on New England’s closing offensive play on Sunday, with the group going through a do-or-die 4th-and-10 on the Denver 24. Newton rushed a toss to Harry as he felt strain from the Broncos cross rush. He anticipated Harry would break to the surface with a defender draped throughout him on the within, however Harry as an alternative did … nothing. He stood straight up as an alternative of chopping, and his solely transfer was to make a determined lunge as Newton’s cross flew effectively out of his attain.
Comeback bid over. Sport over. Patriots lose.
Nobody on offense regarded significantly good on Sunday. Newton was out of sync. The sewn-together offensive line ripped on the seams and that threw all the things off. Operating backs had only a few holes to plow via, Newton had little or no time to make selections, and his receivers didn’t get open. It was a nasty day throughout for the Patriots offense.
They need to be higher going ahead, and possibly the Patriots will add one other pass-catcher earlier than the commerce deadline. However most of their success goes to rely on Newton’s high two receivers trying like precise receivers, and never simply filler on offense.