A lot has happened in the past 24 hours and all of them will hopefully have the New England Patriots in a good position to beat the Buffalo Bills Sunday.
Jimmy Garoppolois ready to go. The Patriots feel pretty comfortable having Jimmy G starting today. The Patriots were worried about who was going to start in the final game of Tom Brady‘s suspension and now they know the answer.
Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett have been throwing in practice this week, albeit limited, but now they feel pretty confident that Jimmy will be able to start and that Brissett will be able to back Jimmy up. Does Jimmy have that normal quick zip on his throw? Probably not. Is he able to throw well enough to put the Patriots in a winnable position? Probably. So while I wasn’t super worried about this week, I’m breathing a whole lot easier.
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Additionally, there’s a new Gronk in town. The Patriots have officially signed Glenn Gronkowski to the practice squad. Glenn was cut by the Bills following a week 1 loss to the Ravens. Now, it’s not known if the Patriots are only picking his brain because they are facing the Bills this week or if they actually have a plan for the FB/TE hybrid. Either way, I was hoping the Patriots would get two players out of this draft: Keenan Reynolds and Glenn Gronkowski. Now they have one of them.
If the Patriots are able to hold on against the Bills and be 4-0 when Brady comes back, the team should be in a really good position moving deeper into the season. As it stands right now, the Patriots have a 90+% chance to make the playoffs. That’s without Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Sebastian Vollmer, Dont’a Hightowerand Dion Lewis. When the Patriots are at full strength, they can do anything.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I didn’t know what the Patriots would do without that many people missing.