Tom Brady won't have Rob Gronkowski or Danny Amendola against the Buccaneers on Sunday but help could come as next week. Gronk is expected to return then giving the Patriotsoffense something it hasn't had all season: A downfield playmaker. And that development should offset the Pats' lack of experience at wide receiver right? Actually no at least according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport who reported Sunday morning that Brady's been on the horn trying to convince former teammates to come out of retirement. "The Patriots' brass may believe they are set at wide receiver but Tom Brady does not" Rapoport said on NFL GameDay Morning. "We're told that Brady himself has been calling and texting two familiar faces: Deion Branch and Brandon Lloyd. As far as Branch he's sitting ready for whenever the Patriots call. Lloyd however has said that he's not quite ready to play football." To be fair Lloyd has been busy acting in a zombie movie with Daniel Baldwin so it's reasonable to think the's not in football shape. As for the active wideouts on the Pats' roster only Julian Edelman (a former college quarterback by the way) played in the NFL prior to this season. Aaron Dobson Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce are all rookies and they've looked like it. Boyce has yet to make a catch and Dobson and Thompkins have accounted for nine receptions between them over the first two games.
Report: Pats QB Brady calling Branch, Lloyd about returning
CBS Sports | Sep 22