The New England Patriots’ season is nine games old and the reigning world champions, who are currently 8-1, were able to finally enjoy a weekend off before returning to work on Monday. This gives us here at Pats Pulpit time to take a look back and analyze the half-season that was — and hand out same awards along the way. Today, the trophy for Biggest Disappointment of the (Half-)Year will be awarded to...
Bernd Buchmasser: Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon looked really good for the Patriots before a suspension prematurely ended his 2018 campaign, so his return naturally came with considerable expectations. However, Gordon failed to live up to them: while he was a serviceable and high-upside piece in the offensive attack, New England apparently saw things differently and moved on from him. A disappointing end to one of the most intriguing trade acquisitions in recent memory.
Oliver Thomas: Sony Michel
The in-flux offensive line and the loss of fullback James Develin have not helped Michel, who’d set an NFL rookie playoff record with six rushing touchdowns. The Georgia product stands at 3.3 yards per carry and has been held under 20 ground yards on three occasions. Michel has, however, matched his touchdown total from his inaugural regular season.
Alec Shane: Isaiah Wynn
You never want to pile on a guy for getting hurt, but it’s been a season and a half now and the cornerstone LT of t he future can’t stay on the field. I hope he comes back at full strength and this statement makes me look foolish.
Slot Machine Player: Antonio Brown
The AB situation hamstringing the team’s cap and making even moderate moves impossible.
Matthew Rewinski: Michael Bennett & N’Keal Harry
Gonna cheat and 1A/1B this one because one player’s been quite disappointing through no fault of his own, while another has been a 1,000% disappointment through...well, entirely his own fault. The latter of those two, of course, is Michael Bennett, who’s done nothing but get sacks and chew bubblegum his entire career, and after getting paid again by New England, ends up as addition by subtraction over a... philosophical dispute. Sometimes even the most logical moves blow up in your face.The 1B candidate here, and like we said, through no fault of his own, is this year’s first round pick, WR N’Keal Harry, and when you’re the first wide receiver that Bill Belichick has ever deemed worthy of a first-round draft pick, then being more hyped than the new Tool album kind of comes with the job. So whether spending the season so far on IR is that nagging hammy injury or an injury/Foxboro Flu situation, then yes, that’s disappointing. That being said, the 2019 Patriots are still first in the NFL in points scored, so I look forward to extremely reversing this award when we do our season-end superlatives and N’Keal goes off like Sony did in last year’s playoffs.
Pat Lane: Josh Gordon
Flash was never really able to be Flash this season. He made some great plays, and his physicality is undeniable, but his play was very inconsistent. So inconsistent, that the Patriots decided they were going to move on from him. They cut him and instead spent a 2nd rounder on Mohamed Sanu. Everyone is rooting for Josh Gordon the person, but the Patriots were hoping for much more from the player, and didn’t get close to what they were hoping for.
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