With the first half of the 2019 regular season in the books, who have been the standouts for the New England Patriots on offense so far?
The New England Patriots are never satisfied.
There are at least 30 other teams in the NFL that would kill to have the Patriots’ perfect 8-0 record at the midpoint of the season, and yet if you were to talk to New England quarterback Tom Brady, you’d imagine his team was languishing at 3-5 or something in 2019 so far.
“Offensive football is always a work in progress,” Brady said earlier this month during a radio interview on WEEI, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “It’s very rare that I’ve ever had an offense where I’ve said, ‘We have it all figured out’ in the 20 years I’ve been playing. I’m excited to get into work, to learn, improve and try to get better. That’s where I’m at this time of year.”
Keep in mind – this is the same player who currently ranks fifth in the NFL in passing yards and is tied for fifth in passing touchdowns.
The Patriots as a team also have scored the most points in the league through eight weeks, and no other team has a higher points per game scoring average. Even if you were to subtract the astonishing 44 points New England has scored on defense and on special teams this year, the Patriots offense alone has still scored more points than 23 other teams in the league and is a top-10 offense in the NFL this season.
And they should only be getting better.
Rookie first-round draft pick N’Keal Harry is poised to make his regular season debut this week against the Baltimore Ravens, and trade acquisition Mohamed Sanu should only get more comfortable as he spends additional time practicing with Brady and working in this offense. New England has an injured pair of tight ends who could come back soon (Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo), and their starting left tackle (Isaiah Wynn) is eligible to resume practicing as early as this week.
The Pats just need to weather the storm a little longer as they attempt to figure out all these pieces on offense. They have the luxury of not only being undefeated, but also of having one of the most dominant defenses in league history helping them convincingly win games. As long as the Patriots figure out their offensive identity before the playoffs, this team will be just fine.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at the offensive players who have helped contribute the most to the Pats’ unblemished record this season. We made a case for our top three players earlier this month at the quarter-mark of the season; have there been any changes to our selections now that we’re at the halfway point?
Honorable Mention: James White, Joe Thuney, Jakobi Meyers