By: Ben Scheffer contributing writer for Telegraph Local
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has said that Tom Brady has “been able to do a lot in some practices.”, The Patriots Quarterback has been on the team’s injury report multiple times this season due to ailments concerning his right elbow, shoulder, as well as his toe. Outside of his 2008 season that ended due to a torn ACL in a week one game against the Kansas City Chiefs the hall of fame Quarterback has been able to stay healthy throughout his career. He was even able to play through a stress fracture in his foot for the second half of his 2010 season where Brady was named the only unanimous MVP in NFL history.
While we still don’t know the extent of Brady’s injuries and how they have hindered him this season, Bill Belichick said Tuesday that there have been times this season where he has been limited on the practice field and not able to do much. Belichick has also stated that Brady’s backups Jarret Stidham and Cody Kessler are “always ready to go.” It has been difficult working with three Quarterbacks knowing that Brady hasn’t been 100 percent this season which gives more opportunities for rookie Jarret Stidham to run plays with the first team offense.
The 42-year-old Quarterback was seen wearing a wrap on his elbow during practice after taking a hit on it in the Patriots 23-16 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs in week 14. The six time Super Bowl champion has acknowledged that he has been banged up this season but still continues to power through whatever injuries that he may have.
The Patriots offense has struggled this season as they have only been averaging 19 points per game since the start of November. The Patriots offense also leads the league in dropped passes and their wide receivers have been failing to get separation. The only wide receiver that Brady has been able to rely on consistently has been Julian Edelman who is battling injuries of his own as well. The offensive line has also struggled this season as Brady appears to be under pressure now more than ever.
Brady has completed just 60 percent of his passes this season, three points lower than his career average with 3,565 passing yards with just 21 touchdowns passes and is on pace for his lowest mark since the 2003 season when he won his second Super Bowl. Brady has said before that the biggest strength of the team this year has been defense and special teams as they have only surrendered 12.9 points per game while leading the NFL in blocked punts.
With two games left to go in the 2019 regular season the Patriots have a big matchup against the Buffalo Bills this Saturday who will enter the game with a top 5 defense as they only have surrendered 15 points a game, so another low scoring slugfest will be expected Saturday afternoon. If the Patriots can grind out another win they would clinch the AFC East for the 11th consecutive season.
The Patriots conclude the regular season against the Miami Dolphins in Gillette Stadium where they should hopefully be able to put up at least 30 points due to the fact they are playing a team that is tanking in their home stadium. Maybe the Miami game is what the Patriots will need to put it all together as they did against the Jets to conclude the 2018 regular season with a 41-3 win that sparked yet another Super Bowl run. Whether or not the offense can get it together remains to be seen as the team prepares to embark on a seventh Super Bowl run entering the playoffs.