Two key players for the Patriots, Aaron Hernandez and Chandler Jones, have not been playing as well as they usually do.
The Patriots have never have had a problem with their tight ends, but recently with Aaron Hernandez (who usually plays superbly) they might have to worry. Hernandez dropped 6 passes in the last three games of the regular season. Hernandez usually performs extremely well and is one of Tom Brady's go-to guys to get the football down the field, but it's very scary when am important player like Hernandez isn't doing as well as he usually does.
@inthistweet agility, speed, actually catching the ball and not dropping 6 passes in past 3 games
— Greg A. Bedard (@GregABedard) January 2, 2013
Chandler Jones (defensive end, #95) has been in a slump as well. He was being seriously considered to become a candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year earlier this season, but an ankle injury in November caused his numbers to fall. He has gotten 1 quarterback hit since the end of October. Quarterback hits are essential for post-season games, since most of the teams have excellent QB's.
|Chandler Jones sacking Peyton Manning|