Brady in the midst of another drive for five — PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

Brady in the midst of another drive for five — PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

The safety and recently-appointed team captain, who is known for his versatility, gets thrown into roles beyond his natural position. The season predictably imploded, ending with six straight losses. The over/under on the total for the Patriots and Texans is set at 50.5, which is the highest of the week according to Odds Sharks.

Tom Brady has been one of the main faces of the National Football League for quite some time, and has helped keep the New England Patriots as Super Bowl favorites in the AFC for years. There's a lot of challenges we're going to face.

They weren't just filling in. In the epilogue, he reinforced his desire to play five more years.

"And I think anytime you're with people for a long time, relationships ebb and flow", Brady, entering his 19th season with the Patriots and Belichick, acknowledged. "Obviously the last two years have been very rough for me".

On the other side, Tom Brady collected his 3rd NFL MVP while leading the Patriots to his record 8th Super Bowl as a player. "You've got some guys coming off injury and you don't know how they're going to recover".

The New England offense could be hampered by a lack of playmakers at wide receiver, particularly with Julian Edelman serving a four-game suspension. But, yeah, when I think of Tom, I think of situations like that.

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"If I'm going to do something at this point, it's gotta be because I enjoy it". "I'm very excited. I'm sure there are a lot of people who are cautiously optimistic". But I think I can do it. And once you stop, you're done. "To worry about a lot of bulls-- that people may say or think or feel, like, I really don't care anymore". "The last couple years, a lot of parts about football weren't enjoyable when they should have been".

Some pundits are not as bullish on Watson this season, as they believe Watson's insane success last season is not sustainable.

"To be on this team, you have to be a good football player and the guys that are out there certainly I have a lot of confidence in". So I should just prolong it. With everybody back this year the sky's the limit for this defense and myself.

"That doesn't surprise me at all", guard Shaq Mason said following Wednesday's practice. The Patriots are 5-0 against Baltimore, 4-0 against Chicago and 4-0 against Jacksonville.

Though Watson's rookie season was cut short, his injury didn't end his learning and development. These two teams met last season with Brady throwing a touchdown in the final minute to secure a 36-33 victory. Hightower said putting pressure on Watson early will be key to trying to slow him down. And I don't think they really know if they're back. "Hopefully we'll do a good job this week containing him in the run and pass game".

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