Brady named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

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Brady named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Surprise, surprise. Tom Brady has been selected as the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Patriots 38-24 victory over the Dolphins Monday night.

Brady completed 32-of-48 passes for a franchise record 517 yards and four touchdowns, including an NFL-record tying 99-yard touchdown pass to WR Wes Welker. Brady became the eleventh NFL quarterback to throw for 500 yards or more in a game. His 517 yards are the fifth highest in NFL history and he is the first to pass for 500 yards since Ben Roethlisberger passed for 503 yards in 2009.

With his four touchdowns against Miami, Brady has now thrown four or more touchdowns in a game 15 times, including 11 games with four-touchdowns, two games with five touchdowns and two games with six touchdowns. The 15 games with at least four touchdowns now ranks fifth all-time in NFL history.

It is the 18th time in his career that he has received the AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor. Since the inception of the weekly award in 1984, Peyton Manning who has earned the honor 20 times is the only player to have been selected for the award more often than Brady.

Brady is now tied with former Dolphin Dan Marino for second place with 18 Player of the Week honors.

Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

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Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

FOXBORO -- After starting the offseason "five weeks behind," as Bill Belichick put it, the Patriots have caught up. 

"I think we’re probably caught up to where we are now," he said before Thursday's OTA practice at Gillette Stadium. "I think it’s being behind in draft, free agency and that type of thing.

"I think at this point, we’re ready for OTAs. We’ll be ready for training camp. I think that part of it we’ll be on schedule on. It’s the catching up on all the spring projects, draft and free agency. It’s the initial part of it."

Belichick made headlines on the morning after winning his fifth Lombardi Trophy with the Patriots when he said, "As of today, and as great as today feels and as great as today is, in all honesty we're five weeks behind in the 2017 season to most teams in the league. Fortunately we have a great personnel staff

"Look, in a couple weeks we're going to be looking at the combine, obviously the draft, all-star games have already occurred, and in a month we're into free agency, not to mention all the internal Patriots players (whose) contracts are up and we're going to have to work with in some form or fashion like every team in the league does."

Leaning on evaluations of players that began in the build-up to previous drafts, Belichick and his staff opted to trade away some of this year's draft capital for veterans like Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy and Dwayne Allen. They also gave up their fifth-rounder to sign restricted free agent Mike Gillislee.

Before heading out to the team's third practice of the week -- the first week the Patriots were allowed to introduce helmets and run offense versus defense periods -- Belichick said that part of his focus will be spent on finding out how those players he picked up this offseason are progressing.

"Yeah, that’s definitely part of it," he said. "Seeing the new players, how they’re doing and also how they’re doing relevant to the rest of the other players that I’m a little more familiar with. Again, each year is a new year, so even though we’ve seen some of these guys multiple years, it’s still starting all over again, seeing where they are, how they’re progressing in their training and preparation for the season."