The Patriots a gearing up for their third preseason game on Thursday night against the Lions in Detroit.
While many are excited about the performance of the offense over the first two games Ben Volin of the Boston Globe is pumping the brakes.
“It’s just the preseason, we’re just seeing a small window with these games into what’s actually going on throughout the entire training camp. They’re getting hundreds of reps during the week and only a few at practice, they’re facing vanilla defenses,” Volin told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Wednesday morning.
“Let’s slow down a little bit and say the Patriots offense is there and it’s click and it’s back.”
One part of the offense has been missing from practice the past couple of days in Danny Amendola. No one is quite sure what’s up with the wide receiver, but it looks like he won’t see the field in Detroit.
Volin isn’t really sure what’s keeping Amendola from practice, but he might have an idea. In reviewing the game Volin saw a play where Amendola took a helmet to the back of the neck.
“He caught a pass over the middle, his sixth and final pass of the day, and he curled up to protect himself as he was about to get hit by two guys and one of the defenders gives him a nice shot in the back of the neck. You see Amendola pop up and instantly kind of motion over to the sideline and jog off.”
Amendola returned two plays later and took one more snap and then all first team offense players were done for the night. Volin isn’t sure if the wide receiver was injured on that play, but says if he was injured in the game it would have to have been on that play.
Will Julian Edelman get more work tonight with Amendola out?