New England Patriots vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Five Players To Watch

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Sep 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New England Patriots tight end Tim Wright (81) against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Vikings 30-7. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

5. Tim Wright

Yes, protecting Tom Brady is the number one fix to this struggling offense, but putting more talent on the field beside him can’t hurt. I like what I have seen from Tim Wright thus far, and now that he has had a little time to get a better grasp on the offense, I think the Patriots should give the tight end more playing time.

Rob Gronkowski is still not quite 100% (although we saw flashes of the old Gronk last week), so we might not see Wright in there as much as we would like, but his skill-set is too valuable to have on the bench, so I can’t see the Pats holding him out for the majority of the game. He has the speed and quickness to beat virtually every linebacker in this league, and he can stretch the seams, much like Gronkowski does.

If New England wants to fix their offense, they must do two things: First, they need to protect Brady, and second, they need to find somebody not named Edelman that can contribute in the passing game. Giving Wright some significant playing time might be the remedy to that problem.