Tom Brady admits he needs to try and get the ball to Mohamed Sanu as the New England Patriots try to resurrect their early season form.
The NFL giants started the campaign in fine form but have lost two on the bounce, against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans.
Brady has received the brunt of the criticism as the 42-year-old attempts to prove he still has what it takes to take the Patriots to the Super Bowl.
Julian Edelman has been productive of late, while Sanu has faded into the background in recent weeks.
And Brady has acknowledged this after Sunday's defeat.
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“We were trying to get him the ball at different times, and sometimes the coverage dictated it go somewhere else. But he’s doing a great job,” he said the 23-16 loss against the Chiefs that saw Sanu finish with just one target that he caught for a 13-yard gain.
“He’s a really tough, hard-nosed guy that wants the ball.
"He’s competitive, and I have to do a better job finding him and getting him the ball, because he can do good things with it.
“I just love the way he has come in with his attitude, and he’s been a very hard-working guy.
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"I am going to keep finding ways to get him the ball, because you have to get the ball to guys who can make plays, and he’s one of them.”
Some have suggested the referees played a part in the latest Patriots defeat after two controversial calls that could have turned the tide for the home side.
But NFL guru Shannon Sharp doesn't share that view.
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“No – that’s an easy excuse,” he said on 'Skip and Shannon: Undisputed'
“It causes you to bypass what really happened.
“Tom Brady was terrible. He has been playing terribly for an extended period of time.
“And that’s why he will not be there next year.”
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