Sunday, September 22, 2013

Patriots' young receivers grow up a little


Tom Brady spent most of the New England Patriots' Week 2 game throwing fits in the direction of his young wide receivers.

Sunday, Brady threw completions to them.

Brady connected with rookie wideout Kenbrell Thompkins for a pair of touchdowns and found first-year receiver Aaron Dobson a game-high seven times as New England improved to 3-0 with a 23-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Patriots had almost 10 full days to recover from a subpar showing against the New York Jets, and the extra preparation time seemingly did wonders for the young squad.

"That week of practice definitely helped us," Dobson told the media after the game. "I feel like we definitely got on the same page with each other and it showed on the field."

Brady complimented the group of pass-catchers on their ability to adjust to such different game plans on a weekly basis while noting the importance in-game alterations had in their most recent victory.

". . . it changes up a lot with our offense," Brady said. "It’s not like we do the same thing week to week all the time; we try to attack teams in different ways.

"Today we definitely made some adjustments throughout the first quarter, second quarter, and we did a good job adjusting and really trying to understand what we need to do to put drives together. "

The Patriots will need a few more repeat performances from the youngsters while veterans Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski work their way back into the lineup.

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