The Patriots didn’t get more love than ESPN’s Bill Barnwell when it came to rated their offensive weapons, ranking them with Arsenal’s 27th best in the league.
Patriots Hall of Famer Matt Light, who made rounds of the media Tuesday to promote his work with the Light Foundation, disagreed with that assessment. In fact, he believes the crime is going to be a pleasant surprise going forward.
“Whatever you think about Cam Newton, it’s a hard crime to stop,” Light said.
It starts with a formidable offensive line, and like the Patriots’ most recent championship run in 2018, the offense will be driven by the running game.
“The last championship came because they could run the ball. And when Tommy (Brady) gets all the glory for throwing the ball, he won the championship, because when it really counted, he ran the ball,” Light said. “He added two tight ends, and if you remember back, while he had Gronk, who could catch the ball, what he did in the running game was legendary. It’s an incredible asset for any team.
“(Gronkowski) was so valuable in that run game, and now he’s got some tight ends that can block,” Light went on. “That line is able to be blocked completely, and they have an added threat to move the ball across the cam. Once they have established that, they can start dunking and dunking and all. Creative things they throw footballs at.”
Light answered questions about the Patriots while promoting the work of his non-profit organization and Lowe’s ‘100 Hometowns’ community impact project.
“We are building a 40-foot covered bridge out of materials reclaimed from barns in the Ohio area. It is an epic build,” said Light, who is doing the project with 16 Ohio area kids and one Massachusetts child. We’re building this awesome project, Lowe’s is supporting it, and we couldn’t be happier.”