The only name you need to know about the Patriots offense is Tom Brady. He is the best quarterback in the NFL right now. He is a fierce competitor who annoys defenses with his view of the field and passing accuracy. As a 12-year veteran, he is not showing any signs of slowing down. He ranked 2nd in passing yards this season.
When the Patriots played the Giants in Super Bowl XLII, Brady had Randy Moss, one of greatest receivers ever. With Moss’ speed and athleticism Brady could throw deep passes. He has not had that luxury since Moss was traded to Minnesota in 2010. For the last two seasons, Brady has put up big numbers with shorter passes to tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
Potential starters and key players on the Patriot offense:
Tom Brady (#12) – 7-time Pro Bowler, 2-time Super Bowl MVP and Patriots all-time passing touchdown leader are a few of his accolades. He is flawless as long as he is in the pocket.
Guards and Tackles – Need to block and help Brady stay in the pocket.
Matt Light (#72, Left Tackle) – Has been protecting Brady his entire professional career.
Logan Mankins (#70, Left Guard) – Strong, but almost lost his job to Waters.
Brian Waters (#54, Right Guard) – Veteran playing his first season with the Patriots.
Nate Solder (#77, Right Tackle) – Rookie who has been starting because Sebastian Vollmer was injured.
Rob Gronkowski (#87) – Best tight end in the league.
Aaron Hernandez (#81) – Strong blocker and receiver. Can lineup to run.
Deion Branch (#84) – Former Super Bowl MVP. His speed has diminished, but he can still catch.
Wes Welker (#83) – Led the league in receptions.
Chad Ochocinco (#85) – First year as a Patriot has been very quiet year. Not the “go-to” receiver, but an experienced option.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (#42) – Not a breakout runner, but runs hard and does not fumble.
Up next is the Giants' defense.