What to look for this Sunday . . .
With a victory at Tennessee, Belichick will earn his 193rd career victory, moving him into an 8th place tie with Chuck Knox.
Brady (39,979) needs 21 yards passing to become the 14th player in NFL history with 40,000 career passing yards. Brady (39,979) needs 260 passing yards to move past Johnny Unitas (40,239) into 13th place on the NFLs all-time passing list.
With a victory over Tennessee, Brady will move out of a tie with Fran Tarkenton and into sole possession of fifth place for most career wins by a starting quarterback with his 125th career win.
With one touchdown pass against Tennessee, Brady will move past John Elway into sole possession of fifth place on the NFLs all- time touchdown list. He enters this week tied for fifth with John Elway with 300 career touchdown passes.
With one touchdown pass against Tennessee, Brady will extend his streak to 33 straight games with at least one touchdown pass. His current streak is fourth all-time, behind Johnny Unitas (47), Drew Brees (43-current) and Brett Favre (36).
Welker (554) needs four receptions against the Titans to pass Troy Brown (557) and become the Patriots all-time reception leader.
Welker needs one reception to extend his streak to 78 straight regular-season games with at least one reception as a member of the Patriots to extend his franchise record. Welker has an overall streak of 94 straight regular-season games with at least one reception, including his time with the Miami Dolphins.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots had a handful of surprise absences from Thursday's OTA session, the third such session of the week and the first that was open to reporters.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski, corner Malcolm Butler, corner Logan Ryan and safety Duron Harmon were all missing from the session. The reason for their absences was unclear.
Other players missing from the practice were receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, both of whom are recovering from offseason surgeries. Edelman was spotted wearing a boot on his surgically-repaired foot at Wednesday's Patriots fantasy camp at Gillette Stadium.
Running backs LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis -- both of whom ended last season on injured reserve -- were also missing from the practice, as were offensive linemen Tre' Jackson, Shaq Mason, Josh Kline Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer.
Defensive linemen Frank Kearse and Alan Branch were not present. Safety Nate Ebner, who is in the process of trying to make the US Olympic rugby squad, was also missing.
Long-snapper Joe Cardona, who is currently fulfilling his duties as an active member of the Navy, was also not present Thursday.
On Toucher and Rich, comedian Jim Breuer reads an email he says he received from a man he met at a Mexican resort who said he was John Jastremski, a key figure in the Patriots’ Deflategate saga.
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Toucher & Rich try to get to the bottom of comedian Jim Breuer's Deflategate story. Breuer IDs a picture of Patriots equipment staffer John Jastremski as the man he met last year at a resort in Mexico who told him he was the key guy in the controversy.
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