Another thing that is clear is that Mitchell is gaining his quarterback's trust. Through his first 8 games played, Mitchell averaged 1.8 targets. Now in the past two games, Brady has thrown the ball his way 5 and 7 times, for an average of 6 targets. Also, Brady was a guest on WEEI's Kirk and Callahan a week or so ago. On the show, Brady raved about both Mitchell's skill and football IQ. Needless to say, if Brady thinks you have a good head on you shoulders, you most likely do. Brady believes this kid is the real deal and I am assuming the rest of the organization would agree.
So it is clear that he is playing well, but he is showing more than that. For the past two weeks Mitchell has looks like such a crucial part of the offense, both as a possession receiver and vertical threat. He looks like he is comfortable. This makes me think he is really fitting in and he should be viewed as a long-term player.
Mitchell was asked about how he has been able to contribute more and more each week. “I think the most important thing you do is just practice as hard as you can,” Mitchell said. “You can’t control a lot of the stuff that’s asked or that you guys ask. It’s simply going out there and practicing. You just go from there, honestly.”
He was also asked about the road ahead of him. “It’s still a learning process. I’m a rookie,” he said. “Every day is a day that I can try to get better and do something better than I did the day before...The team has done a phenomenal job of encouraging me at times when things get tough and also just helping me with any advice they can give me."
So, the kid has the football talent, the smarts, and the work ethic. Can you think of a more perfect Patriot?
This guy is going to be something special. That I am confident in.