Brady: Patriots offense is stronger on the outside


Brady: Patriots offense is stronger on the outside

Tom Brady spoke Sunday on SiriusXM NFL Radio about the upcoming season and what he's seen at camp so far.

When asked about his physical condition this year, Brady seemed to be pleased with how he was feeling.

"Yeah, I feel good and think every year as you go you become a little bit more efficient in which you do in the offseason and you figure out the things that work for you and the things that don't necessarily work for you."

"I always say that the best part of my life is playing football and having this job, so I take it very seriously and every day you wake up in the offseason and try to figure out ways to be a better football player and that is still a challenge going into my thirteenth season."

"I think I've figured out a few things and I'm excited to see how those play out on the field."

Brady was then asked about the newest addition to the Patriots' offensive arsenal, Brandon Lloyd and his freakish athletic ability.

"I think you saw some of that today in practice too with his ability to jump and body control. He's got great hands, a great feel out there. It has been a lot of fun being with him."

"I know he's played for a bunch of teams in the course of his career, but hopefully he settles in here and he's here for a long time."
The Patriots quarterback also commented on the strengths of his powerful offense -- and how it's evolving.

"The strength of our team was between the numbers, that's where a lot of the passes went. If they didn't cover us outside, we threw it out there. But when you have Aaron and Rob and Wes on the inside, it's hard, you got three pretty good players."

"Deion made plenty of catches for us out there, but in terms of the contributions made on the outside, that was our guy. Now you add Donte Stallworth, Jabar, and Brandon. I think there are some guys out there we can take advantage of some match ups."

"If you cover us inside, we're gunna throw it outside and if you cover us outside, we're gunna throw it inside. You wanna play deep, we're gunna throw it short. That's good offensive football. You go out there, see what they're doing and you go to the weak spot."

"Every defense doesn't have every single strength that a defense could have. That's the chess game of football."

You can find the full Sirius interview here.

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


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."