By Tom E. Curran
The work ethic that's helped Tom Brady go from the 199th pick in the 2000 draft to Hall of Fame quarterback still burns. In Brazil this week for his wife Gisele Bundchen's appearance at Rio's Carnival, Brady eschewed the opportunity to ride on a float with his wife, preferring instead to work outhis surgically repaired right footwhile watching the parade. (Remix courtesy El Pres at Barstool Sports . . . Viva!)Brady, who had surgery six weeks ago to repair a chronic stress fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot, likely realized that pushing to work out so soon after the surgery would be frowned on here in the States. Jetting off to South America proved the only solution for Brady who - as you can see in the video - is working on balance and weight distribution. The slow raising of his arms will help the quarterback maintain toning and strength and also assist in maintaining his fluidity. Brady appears to be well ahead of schedule in his rehab.
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Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.
Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.
Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots.
LeGarrette Blount knows where he wants to be for 2017. Ever since he re-joined the Patriots in 2014 following a short stay in Pittsburgh, the 250-pound back has been very open about how he wants to play out the rest of his career in New England.
Those feelings haven't changed, even as he faces free-agency after having recorded the best season of his seven-year career.
"I just want to make sure that I go to this free agency with an open mind, knowing that I definitely want to go back to New England," he told NFL Total Access on Monday. "I love it there. I love the culture. I love the players. I've become close with a lot of the guys. Obviously you know how my running back group is.
"We'll cross that bridge whenever we cross it. On that point, I feel great. I'm in amazing shape. I feel like I could play 100 more years if I have to."
Blount finished 2016 with career-highs in attempts (299) yards (1,161) and touchowns (18). His ability to help the Patriots close games in the fourth quarter was notable throughout the course of the season, and he was among the most effective goal-line backs in the league. His 18 rushing scores are a franchise record.
Toward the end of the season, as Dion Lewis worked his way back into the Patriots offense, Blount had his workload cut into, and his fumble in the Super Bowl was a near-catastrophic moment -- his devastated reaction to which was caught expertly by NFL Films. But a big-picture view of Blount's year would reveal that he posted the most prodictive "big back" season the Patriots have had in more than a decade.
Blount signed a one-year deal with the Patriots last offseason after seeing his 2015 prematurely ended by way of a hip injury. He turned 30 in December.