Know Thy Enemy: Week 2: New York Jets vs New England Patriots

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Jul 30, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (left) talks with tight end Rob Gronkowski (right) during training camp at the practice fields of Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a short turnaround as we all know, so too is a short turnaround for this week’s installment of “Know Thy Enemy”. This week, we talk to a good buddy of our website, Joe Soriano. He edits the site geared to that team up in New England, Musketfire.

Hopefully you can bear it, us talking to a guy that writes about the New England Patriots for a few minutes.  Ha, ha, I kid of course.  Joe is actually a terrific writer, and he has a great staff.  If I ever have occasion to search for information about his team, Musketfire is the first place I go.  Please check out his site at the link above.

Take a look at our conversation:

THE JET PRESS: That was a close one in Buffalo.  Was it just working out the kinks, or in your mind, was it a sign of problems with the Pats going forward?

MUSKETFIRE: My opinion on the Patriots hasn’t changed as a result of that game, other than the fact that I realize that there are going to be more growing pains than
initially thought. I think some of us simply had unrealistic expectations of how
fast players like Kenbrell Thompkins would gel. My main concerns about this team
lie in injuries, because having both Shane Vereen and Zach Sudfeld potentially
out puts a strain on the Patriots offense. Those two are versatile weapons, and
losing them hurts the passing offense schematically and the entire offense as
far as production goes (Vereen’s injury is a significant blow, but it isn’t
catastrophic by any means). The Patriots issues are the same as they were before
the game, and the things that killed the Pats were fixable and usually
infrequent; fumbles.

TJP: One guy that has killed the Jets, as you know, is Rob Gronkowski.  Is he going
to play on Thursday night, to your knowledge?

MF: I don’t think Gronk will play, and I hope he doesn’t play. The Patriots need to
give Gronkowski another week of rest before trotting him out in Week  3 against
the Buccaneers, and they shouldn’t stretch the timeline. It’s a short week, and
I think it’s a good idea to stick with Week 3 as the timeline, because that’s
what reports in August had it tabbed as. Definitely don’t rule out Gronk for
Week 2, though, and there is a heightened chance that he will play with Zach
Sudfeld suffering from a pulled hamstring. We don’t know how severe Sudfeld’s
injury is, but his absence would give the Pats just one active TE (Michael
Hoomanawanui). That could force the Pats to play Gronkowski, so this is
definitely a situation to monitor closely. And Gronk kills everyone, not just
the Jets.

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