The New England Patriots are extremely hobbled on the offensive side of the ball right now, and the New York Jets won’t be facing Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski, and Shane Vereen. They might also not have to face both Zach Sudfeld and Brandon Bolden, although I bet one of them plays and both could end up being active tonight.
Sudfeld isn’t a projected inactive per ESPN Boston, but the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe tweeted yesterday that Sudfeld looked hobbled this week and did not express optimism regarding Sudfeld’s chances of playing. But with Rob Gronkowski still a week away from returning and only Michael Hoomanawanui and Matthew Mulligan at tight end, I think Sudfeld will end up playing at less than full strength. All bets are off for how well he plays through the injury, but Sudfeld probably needs to be present.
Brandon Bolden also holds a slightly more important role on the team than he did prior to the injury to Shane Vereen, and the only reason why I use the word “slightly” is because of Leon Washington. He will be active, give the Patriots the returner they need, and he has the hands and speed to best attempt to do some of what Vereen did for this offense. Bolden, meanwhile, is just a contingency plan for Stevan Ridley possibly going through another spell of fumbles, which I don’t anticipate happening.