Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Bennett — all major contributors in the championship effort — are among the players who have come aboard to help Brady and the passing game in recent years. And let’s not forget that the Patriots won Super Bowl 51 without the best tight end in the NFL, Rob Gronkowski, who will return from his back injury next season.
Complacency is another problem that often confronts Super Bowl-winning coaches. Not the case for Belichick, who always makes sure the previous season is quickly put in the rear-view mirror with the expectation for success in the coming season. That mindset then is reinforced by Kraft and the New England fan base.
Malik Hooker’s NFL career is being affected by injuries before it’s even started.
The former Ohio State safety and top prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft won’t be participating in the scouting combine after undergoing surgeries Tuesday to repair a torn labrum and hernia.
According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, who first reported the news, Hooker played through the pain of the injuries late this season and won’t be ready to work out for scouts in March.
Hooker, who had two years of college eligibility remaining before declaring for the draft Jan. 2, had seven interceptions, three for touchdowns, and 74 tackles in 13 games en route to unanimous All-America honors this season.