Brady: Patriots offense dictating own terms

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Brady: Patriots offense dictating own terms

Broncos linebacker Joe Mays knew exactly what one of his team's biggest problems was during Sunday night's loss to New England.
There just wasn't much Denver could do about it.
"Everything that happened out there we had seen on film, it was just the speed of the game. We weren't ready for that. We prepared for it, but when we came out on the field it surprised us a little bit," he said in the postgame.
"They were able to run the ball, pass the ball, they definitely were able to run their whole playbook against us. We definitely have to do a better job of stopping these guys on the run and getting pressure on the QB."
The Patriots ran no huddle offense -- whether one play or five -- on every drive until the fourth quarter.
In his Monday morning WEEI interview, Tom Brady confirmed Mays' lamentations.
We were moving pretty quick. I think we were trying to keep the pressure on them," the quarterback said. "I thought we did a good job of that. Its trying to keep them off balance, trying to keep our tempo.
Denver's defensive teetering meant the 31-21 final score featured a mess of impressive Patriots numbers.
New England's 35 first downs (18 rushing, 16 passing, one by penalty) is a new franchise record.
The team's 251 rushing yards, coupled with last week's 247 against Buffalo, mark the first back-to-back 200-plus yard rushing games since 1978.
Sunday's score was the fourth time in five games the Patriots have scored over 30 points.
Dating back to last week against Buffalo, Brady oversaw a stretch of 10 touchdown drives in 15 series.
Looks like the offense has its stuff together.
"It's just been what we've chosen to do the last few weeks," Brady said after the Denver game. "I think that's more of what we're doing as opposed to what they're doing defensively. We're just trying to put a lot of pressure on those guys to get the calls in and line up and play against us.
"We're running the ball against some very advantageous looks and throwing the ball against some advantageous looks, and I think the important part is to be able to do both. You can't just throw all day. You can't run all day. You have to be able to do both. It's been pretty good the last few weeks."
Sunday night Brady threw 31 passes, completing 23 for 223 yards and a touchdown. He also snuck one in over the goal line himself.
The irony is, Peyton Manning had the better statistical night: 31-for-44 for 345 yards, three touchdowns, and a 116.2 rating.
It's just those numbers didn't matter in the end as much as the Patriots' plus-11 minute lead in time of possession.
"He is extremely smart and I think he knows football," Broncos coach John Fox said. "I mean, I think our guy did an outstanding job tonight as well. I mean, Brady is a great players; he's been doing it a long time at a high level, so he's definitely a hard quarterback to defend against."
No matter how much film you study.

Patriots bolster receiver depth by adding Brown to practice squad

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Patriots bolster receiver depth by adding Brown to practice squad

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have added some receiver depth to their locker room by signing Da'Ron Brown to their practice squad. 

Brown, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Chiefs in 2015 and spent his rookie season on the Kansas City practice squad. At Northern Illinois, the 6-foot, 199-pounder caught 155 passes in four years, accumulating 2,295 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores in his career. As a senior in 2014, he caught 68 passes for 1,065 yards. 

With the signing, the Patriots have filled out their practice squad. The team has had an opening on its 10-man unit since the Colts signed away receiver Devin Street for their 53-man roster.

With just four receivers on the Patriots roster, not including special teams ace Matthew Slater, they've loaded up on receiver depth through their practice squad with Brown, Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White.

Brissett, Garoppolo both practicing for Patriots on Tuesday

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Brissett, Garoppolo both practicing for Patriots on Tuesday

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had both of their qurterbacks on the field and suited up for Tuesday's shells-and-sweats practice on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. 

Both Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) are dealing with injuries, but both were present for the session, as were the rest of their teammates on the 53-man roster. 

Brissett was spotted in the Patriots locker room before practice with no brace or wrap of any kind on his thumb, but he did have his right thumb taped when out on the field. 

Patriots tight end AJ Derby was the lone player in a black practice jersey, indicating that he has been named practice player of the week. Running low on quarterbacks, Derby may have served as the scout-team quarterback as the Patriots defense prepared for the Texans. He played the position at Iowa and Arkansas before changing positions.

The Patriots have four practices scheduled this week, and the team will release injury reports, as usual, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.