In the two-week run-up to the Super Bowl Joey Bosa Jersey , the New England Patriots will face plenty of questions about two things critical to the team’s success: Tom Brady’s right hand and Rob Gronkowski’s head. Gronkowski, meanwhile, will likely spend at least part of this week going through the concussion protocol. He suffered the injury on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jacksonville safety Barry Church. The game-changing tight end is Brady’s favorite target, and he missed last season’s Super Bowl run after undergoing season-ending back surgery. There was no update from the Patriots on Gronk’s status Monday, but he was at the facility for team meetings. ”He was in pretty good spirits today when I spoke to him,” special teams captain Matt Slater said. Recently, New England has fared well when Gronkowski has been sidelined. But that hasn’t always been the case. The Patriots had plenty of time to adjust to his absence in 2016, when he played just eight games before the surgery. They also had Martellus Bennett to pick up the slack. Since the start of last season, New England is 12-1 without Gronk. In those games, the Patriots’ points per game actually increased from 28.6 to 28.8 Nick Bosa Jersey , although their yards per play declined from 8.1 to 7.6. The offense was also better without him on third down and in the red zone. Over the past two seasons it converted on 49.3 percent of its chances on third down and scored touchdowns on 66 percent of its red zone trips without him, compared to 45 percent on third down and scoring touchdowns on 62.6 percent of red zone trips when he played. From his rookie season in 2010 through 2015, his absence had a much greater impact. The Patriots were 12-7 without Gronkowski over that span, averaging 31.5 points per game with him and 26.3 without him. The offense’s average yards per pass attempt also fell from 7.8 with him to 6.6 without him. Before he was injured, Gronkowski passed Dallas Clark to become the NFL’s career leader for postseason yards at the position. And if the concussion were to sideline him for the Super Bowl, there’s not much depth behind him. The only tight ends on New England’s roster are Dwayne Allen and Jacob Hollister. Allen has 10 receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown this season. Hollister has four catches for 42 yards and was inactive against Jacksonville. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said there is always a plan to adapt to injuries. ”You have to make some adjustments. We always go into the game with a certain idea of how we want to try to play it,” he said. ”It certainly doesn’t always play out the way that you wanted it to or that you had hoped to or designed it to, but that happens in every game. ”So, everybody understands that that’s part of the game and when that happens, you just have to embrace whatever role you need to take on to help the team win.” Brady still has stitches in his right thumb. He hopes to have them removed sometime this week L.J. Collier Jersey , and he doesn’t expect the injury to be an issue once Super Bowl week arrives. ”And then I can just get out there and get normal treatment like I always do and be ready to go,” Brady said. ”This was a little injury at the end of the day. … I mean, I’ve had a lot worse injuries than this. If this was on my left hand, I could care less, but just based on where it was, we had to deal with it.” — It is no secret that the NFL has become increasingly more focused on the passing game. The NFL used to hand the ball off to the running back twenty-five times per game but those days are long gone. The rules today are in favor of a more pass friendly league and in the minds of the NFL higher ups, more scoring equates to more viewership. On the field, the numbers tell the same story. The top-15 all-time passing yard seasons have all been by active quarterbacks with the exceptions of Peyton Manning and Dan Marino whose skill set could be directly attributed to what the NFL looks like today.Last season, Tom Brady led the league in passing yards with 4,577 followed behind by Philip Rivers with 4 http://www.thetexansfootballauthentic.com/lonnie-johnson-jersey-authentic ,515. There were eight total quarterbacks that eclipsed 4,000 yards last season. The gold standard for elite quarterbacks used to be 3,000 yards, but we have discussed that already. The amount of passing yards per game by NFL quarterbacks has continued to grow and this upcoming season will be no different. Last NFL draft was the first time in a long time that four quarterbacks were selected in the top 10 that most draft analysts viewed as elite prospects.The current young crop of quarterbacks will surely place the NFL in a great place as the QBs we have grown accustomed to over the years play their final seasons. Whether it's Tom Brady, Drew Brees, or Ben Roethlisberger, this crop of signal callers will not be around forever. Let's examine 10 QBs who won't crack 3,000 yards and 10 who surprisingly will.
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