The Patriots can’t beat teams through the air outside the numbers.
I had Tom Curran on PFT Live Wednesday, and we discussed how the Patriots don’t really have one single effective “wide” receiver. Wes Welker is really a slot receiver. It’s a different position.
Out wide, Branch is no longer a difference maker. He’s a crafty veteran that Brady trusts, but Branch can’t consistently beat one-on-one coverage. Chad Ochocinco is a total afterthought. Taylor Price is a rumor.
At some point, the Patriots need to figure out how to get some production down the field or find some true wideouts that can beat man coverage.