The New England Patriots have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL, but they’ve been coming up short over the past couple of weeks because of drops and poor play in the red zone. Those drops have hampered the Patriots offense time and time again and no quarterback in the NFL has seen more of their passes dropped than Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, according to Pro Football Focus.
NFL Quarterbacks w/ most passes dropped in 2017— Louie Benjamin (@PFF_Louie) November 1, 2017
1. Tom Brady - 20
t2. Jacoby Brissett - 18
t2. Philip Rivers - 18
t2. Derek Carr - 18
Patriots receivers have dropped a whopping 20 of Brady’s targets, which average out to 2.5 per game. While Brady has expressed that he’d rather his receiver run the right route and drop the ball than have a more severe mental error and be in the wrong position, the receivers definitely need to step up their level of play.
According to PFF’s Louis Benjamin, Brandin Cooks leads the Patriots with 5 drops, while Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski are tied with 4 drops each. This is a big shock for Amendola who didn’t have a single drop in 2016 and just 2 in 2015. The other drops belong to the likes of Chris Hogan, James White, Rex Burkhead, and Dwayne Allen.
With eight games left in the regular season, Cooks, Gronkowski, and Amendola need to find their sure-handedness so Brady can rely on them down the stretch and in the postseason.