The New England Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski to retirement, and it was a major issue for the team. Being without Gronk is something New England players aren’t used to because he was a key player of the offense. The Patriots are 6-0 at this point of the season, and their top signal caller is 42. The team is plagued with injuries, and Chris Long says they lost more than Gronk.
Phillip Dorsett sat
out Week 6. First-round draft pick N’Keal Harry has yet to make his debut with
The former Patriots
defensive end says the defending champions have a lot more to think about.
“They’ve got their work cut out for them because they lost
Develin to IR and that’s as big a deal as Gronk,” Long told
AOL Sports on behalf of
Crown Royal. He won Super Bowl LI with both players in New England.
The retired defensive
end discussed the losses on the offensive line. Tackle Isaiah Wynn and center
David Andrews left a void, and Long urges the Patriots to solve this problem
prior to the trade deadline. Wynn or Develin may return from injured reserve
this season. The team can only activate two players off IR in a season. Harry
is already here, so the Pats will have to make a decision.
“They are still a team that’s going to figure it out by
November and December because that’s what they do,” Long said, and called the Patriots “amazingly
adaptive” amid all issues
they deal with at the moment.
really consider September and October like a preseason, where they figure out
who they are as a team, and then in November and December, they make a
The Patriots defense
is really strong this season and the same applies to special teams. Devin
McCourty has four interceptions, and linebackers Jamie Collins and Kyle Can Noy
have each forced two fumbles. Collins also has 4.5 sacks on the season.
“This team has morphed through their six Super Bowls from
being defensive teams to being offensive teams and now back to being a bit of a
defensive team,” Long said. “But I wouldn’t count them out