"Yeah, I mean when he's out there, I obviously just - I know his body language, I know his ability to get open, my confidence in him", Brady said of one of his favorite targets.
Along with Julian Edelman's return from an National Football League suspension, Gronkowski's health is the biggest news of the week so far as the Patriots prepare to host Indianapolis this Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. That's the thing about Julian - his explosiveness sin routes, in and out of breaks.
Edelman had a career-high 1,106 receiving yards in the 2016 regular season, hauling in 98 receptions and three touchdowns.
The expected call to Gordon comes after what was a downright disastrous offensive performance in Detroit, and with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in seemingly dire need of additional help in the passing game.
The slot is the epicenter of the Patriots offense.
Per Rapoport, the ultimate decision as to whether or not Gordon gets into the game will come back to how he looks in his pregame warmup, and whether or not Belichick believes the 6-foot-3 wideout is ready to contribute. His elusiveness and crisp route-running are skills not offered by Chris Hogan, Josh Gordon, and Phillip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson has never established himself as more than a return specialist. "Julian knows that. I'm sure he'll work hard and do the best he can and we'll see where we're at".
New England ran circles around Miami on Sunday, and the extra yardage (470 yards vs. 191 yards) paid off.
That was evident this season as the Pats have struggled on third down, an area where Edelman excels, converting just 40 percent of the time.
Brady and the Patriots got off to a rough start this season, but it appears that the ship was righted in Week 4.
Brady threw a pair of uncharacteristically bad interceptions in the win, and he's up to four picks in four games this season.
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