Bill Belichick sounds tired of answering questions about Malcolm Mitchell. The Patriots head coach gave a bit of a snide answer when asked about the receiver’s status.
Speaking to reporters in his Thursday press conference, Belichick put a little extra on his answer to a Mitchell question. The receiver has been out for the entire season, but recently returned to practice and still has a chance to come off injured reserve.
So is there any update on Mitchell’s status for Saturday’s AFC Divisional Playoff against the Titans?
“I don’t know. I’ll certainly let you know as soon as – if that happens, we’ll let you know as soon as possible. There won’t be a second of delay.”
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You can really get the full effect if Belichick’s sharply sarcastic answer in the below video, via MassLive:
Clearly, the incessant Mitchell questions are starting to wear on Belichick a bit. He appears a tad annoyed with reporters continuing to press him on the status of this one player. And a player who may not give the Patriots much if he can return, anyway.
Even if Mitchell comes off I.R. and the Pats activate him for Saturday, what’s the likelihood that he makes a real impact? Especially if Chris Hogan returns from his nagging shoulder injury, Mitchell probably wouldn’t be higher than fourth on the receiving depth chart. I’d expect even Phillip Dorsett to play more snaps and get more targets.
But in any event, it’s worth wondering if Mitchell could give the Patriots a little something down the stretch. He came up huge in the Super Bowl last season and Tom Brady’s outside targets have been lacking lately. But it’s more likely that the return of Hogan, not Mitchell, will improve that.
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