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Sean McDermott believes Patriots have more weapons than years past, expects Rob Gronkowski to play

Ryan Hannable
October 25, 2018 - 1:34 pm

FOXBORO -- Through seven games, the Patriots are averaging just over 30 points a game, which is fourth in the NFL.

Over the years, the Patriots have had some pretty good offenses, but according to Bills coach Sean McDermott, this year's group has more weapons than in recent years.

"They’ve got a ton of weapons," he told reporters on a conference call Thursday. "I feel like their weapons this year outnumber the weapons they’ve had in recent years. With Gronk [Rob Gronkowski] probably playing in our game, they’ll be at full strength."

Gronkowski returned to practice on Thursday, but missed last Sunday's game with a back injury, so it is worth noting the Bills expect him to play.

McDermott had high praise for Cordarrelle Patterson and Phillip Dorsett in the Patriots offense, as he said it isn't just Josh Gordon that makes the offense deeper.

"Possibly, but also when you look at – they then bring in 84 [Cordarrelle Patterson], they then bring in 13 in [Phillip] Dorsett," he said. "So, they’ve got a full crew of guys that they continue to roll through and those guys could probably start on any team out there."

There will be a familiar face on the other side of the field Monday night in punter Corey Bojorquez, who spent the summer with the Patriots and didn't appear in a single preseason game, but was claimed off waivers by Buffalo.

"Our guys did their research and felt like it was an opportunity for us to get a young player that they had scouted and [were] really interested in college, during his time in college," McDermott said. "We had a need and Corey was there."

"He continues to grow and improve," he added. "You see that with young players and he’s dedicated to the growth mindset which is what we subscribe to."

The Bills come into the game with a 2-5 record and are currently 14-point underdogs.

Related: Rob Gronkowski returns to Patriots practice

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