As the Patriots move toward a seemingly inevitable No. 1 seed in the AFC John Hannah Jerseys Stitched , their next challenge could be a significant one, especially when it comes to the receiver position. The Vikings have arguably the best duo in the league, with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.“He does everything well,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters on Tuesday regarding Thielen. “He’s got good size. He can get to a lot of balls with his length. He has very good hands. He’s quick for a taller player and so his length and the radius that he can catch the ball in is good and he has the hands to extend and catch it, but for a taller guy he’s quick and he’s able to create separation. So he’s a tough matchup for a smaller corner in terms of size and he’s a tough matchup for a bigger corner in terms of the quickness that he has. He’s also a good runner after the catch so he can take a shorter pass and turn it into a sizeable gain with his size and running ability after the catch. He plays inside, he plays outside. They move him around. All of their receivers move around. He’s a little different than Diggs but they complement each other well. You can put [Kyle] Rudolph in there with them. They create a lot of problems in the passing game and then they create a lot of problems in the running game Youth Irving Fryar Jerseys , which I would say is another thing he does well. He’s got good size and he can cover up defenders with his big frame and create mismatches in the running game, too, for the backs. Yeah, he creates a lot of issues.”Combined with Diggs, it makes for a real challenge for any defense.“They’re usually on the field at the same time,” Belichick said. “A lot of times they’re on the field with a third receiver Irving Fryar Jerseys Stitched , but if there are only two receivers on the field it’s usually those two, and they create a lot of problems for you. They make a lot of big plays. They make a lot of big plays down the field, which is a problem but then they make a lot of intermediate and catch-and-run plays. Especially Diggs — he’s very good with the ball in his hands. When you get to third down and red area, the critical possession and scoring situation plays, that’s a problem too. It’s a very good group offensively with a very good quarterback who’s a great thrower and a very athletic player. Not that he runs a lot but he can run when he needs to. He can extend plays and then he can make big plays. Yeah, they cause you a lot of problems.”The Patriots’ offense causes a lot of problems Youth Tom Brady Jerseys , too, and the difference in this one could end up being whether Minnesota’s defense manages to do a better job against the New England offense than New England’s defense does against Minnesota’s offense. Given that the Patriots under Belichick have not lost to Minnesota since 2000, and in light of the way the Patriots perform at home, it’s more probable than not that the Patriots will come up with a way to address the various problems presented by the Vikings.Week 5 Patriots vs Colts: Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, and Jacob Hollister are expected to play The New England Patriots have been waiting a long time for this moment: both tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Julian Edelman are expected to suit up and play against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported both stories.The last time the Patriots had both Edelman and Gronkowski on the field at the same time was week 12 of the 2016 season Tom Brady Jerseys Stitched , and the two players have only suited up at the same time for 19 of the past 60 games, including playoffs.Edelman is returning from a 4-game suspension, while Gronkowski has battled an ankle injury the past couple of weeks. The two players will take some more time to get up to full speed, shaking off both rust and injury, but they should provide a nice boost to the New England offense that is also getting Josh Gordon and Sony Michel more involved.EDIT: ESPN’s Mike Reiss reports that tight end Jacob Hollister is expected to play after missing the past two games with a chest injury. That’s another nice boost for the Patriots offense.
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