Latest NFL rumors suggests the New England Patriots’ stars quarterback Tom Brady, wide receivers Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks as well as tight end Rob Gronkowski are all believed to sit out in NFL Preseason opener.
Thrilled to see what the New England Patriots’ offense team will look like with superstar quarterback Tom Brady, wide receivers Julian Edelman and Brandin Cooks as well as tight end Rob Gronkowski all on the football field together?
Just like the other 31 NFL teams and also in the previous years, the preseason opener is the time for those second-, third- stringers as well as the rookies and newly squired players to showcase their skills and talents for a chance to score a starting job for the regular-season. That said, the Patriots core players Brady, Edelman, Cooks and Gronkowski all are expected to sit out on Thursday’s 2017 NFL preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Gillette Stadium.
While fans and spectators certainly would like to watch that group of four Patriots stars in the field, it’s no real shock that the defending Super Bowl champions is holding them out for them to avoid suffering serious injury. All four of those professional American football players are roster starters locks, meaning they don’t need to prove anything to make it to the 53-man roster.
Brady, Edelman, Cooks and Gronkowski aren’t the only Patriots big-name inactives, wide receiver Matthew Slater, linebacker Shea McClellin, cornerback Eric Rowe and tight end Matt Lengel all were absent from Wednesday’s joint practices with the Jacksonville, as well as running back Mike Gillislee, tackle Nate Solder, wide receiver Cody Hollister, tight end James O’Shaughnessy and safety David Jones were restricted.
The New England Patriots could be especially slim at wide receiver depth, as Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola also are questionable after being limited earlier in the training camp.
As always, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has the right to change his mind and get the starters onto the gridiron at the last moment of time being in a be-ready-for-anything coaching tactic, but the intent right now is to keep them out of the field to drastically reduce the risk of injury.
The decision had been expected throughout the week, as the five-time Super Bowl champ Tom Brady and the offensive and defensive starters got a slew of workout during joint practices against the Jacksonville Jaguars.