Brady and Co. won't linger on Bills loss

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Brady and Co. won't linger on Bills loss

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
Follow @sherrodbcsn Tom Brady coming off a bad game is one of those rare occurrences.

In New England's 34-31 loss at Buffalo, Brady was 30-for-45 with 387 yards passing, but he also threw four interceptions. In the Patriots' first two games, Brady had only been picked off once.

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has plenty of things to worry about heading into Sunday's game at Oakland. But getting Brady to brush off last week's loss isn't one of them.

"As it relates to all the guys on offense, we have a pretty mentally tough crew and also a smart crew," O'Brien said. "When you have a guy, or guys that have played a lot of football, they have a pretty good idea of what they did wrong."

In the loss, a pair of Brady's interceptions were on deflections including one that was returned for a touchdown.

"As a quarterback, you're always trying to make good decisions with the ball," Brady told WEEI on Monday. "When you hold the ball, you pretty much hold the fortunes of the entire team with you. Sometimes they make a play on a ball and it gets batted, sometimes you could make a better throw. That's part of playing quarterback. You've got to be able to rebound and go out there and keep making good throws."

Even with the loss, Brady is still among the NFL's top-rated passers.

Brady's 1,327 yards passing is still tops in the league and his 113.8 passer rating is second in the NFL to Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.

While the talk of Sunday's loss remains fresh in the minds of many, Brady understands all too well the importance of putting the Buffalo loss behind him.

"I don't sleep very well after any game. When you lose, and you lose the way that we lost . . . it's a tough one to swallow," Brady told WEEI. "We're the only people that can do anything about it. We have a long football season ahead. We have a bunch of meaningful games. We'll figure out what we did wrong, and try to do it better moving forward."

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Gronkowski presented with 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award

Gronkowski presented with 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award

At Tuesday night’s Patriots Premiere event, tight end Rob Gronkowski was presented with the 2016 Ron Burton Community Service Award.

Gronkowski is the 14th player to have received the award that is named for the late Ron Burton. The first player the Patriots organization ever drafted, Burton was well-known for his charitable work.

“Ever since I’ve been here, following the Krafts, the whole Kraft family, from Myra Kraft, Mr. Kraft, all his sons, seeing everyone lead by example, how they give back to the community every single week was just an honor to see,” said Gronkowski, “I just wanted to be a part of it and give back to the community in a positive way.”

Those who have received the award in the past include Nate Solder (2015), Devin McCourty (2014), Matthew Slater (2013), Zoltan Mesko (2012), Jerod Mayo (2011), Vince Wilfork (2010), Kevin Faulk (2009), Larry Izzo (2008), Ty Warren (2007), Jarvis Green (2006), Matt Light (2005), Troy Brown (2004) and Joe Andruzzi (2003).

"Rob is just as fun to watch at a community event as he is on the game field," said Kraft. "Giving back to the community is a big part of being ‘Gronk.' He is engaging with fans of all ages. His gregarious personality makes him one of our greatest ambassadors, especially when spreading cheer to children at local hospitals or schools. We love the devotion and enthusiasm that he shows in the community and are proud to present him with this year's Ron Burton Community Service Award."

Gronk, never shy about cracking a joke, entertained the crowd like only he can.

“Who would have ever thought five years ago when I was on ESPN every weekend drunk that I’d be accepting this award?”

Ordway: Garoppolo has to play in game 4 of the preseason vs. Giants

Ordway: Garoppolo has to play in game 4 of the preseason vs. Giants

Glenn Ordway sits in with Bob Neumeier and Gary Tanguay on the Arbella Insurance Early Edition to chat about Brady's suspension terms, and Brady, Garoppolo and Brissett playing in the final pre-season game.