Brady says high production is expected result

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Brady says high production is expected result

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Tom Brady's won back-to-back AFC Offensive Player of the Week awards. He's thrown for 940 yards. That is what happens, he explains, when his job is correctly performed. "We got opportunities to throw the ball," said Brady. "When my number's called upon, I try to execute. When the running backs' number's called upon, they try to execute. The offensive line always has to execute . . . Offense is about everybody really being on the same page."It takes a lot to wow Brady at this point.It's been nearly 10 years since he grabbed his temples and smilingly shook his head after winning the Super Bowl MVP award in February 2002. He's done stuff since. A couple of Player of the Week honors aren't going to make his pulse race. He continues to explain the offense isa group project. "It's a collective effort," said Brady. "The better Wes Welker does, the better it is for Chad Ochocinco and Deion Branch and for Rob Gronkowski and for Aaron Hernandez . . . The better the running game, the better it is for play-action pass. Everything feeds off one another. It's not one guy doing it."Brady did have an interesting answer when asked about the ability to make changes at the line and get the offenseout of bad plays and into better ones. "It's preparation, but it's by the entire offense," he said. "I could see something, but if I can't figure out a way to communicate that or -- ifI do figure out a way to communicate that -- guys don't understand what I'm trying to get across at theline of scrimmageor in the huddle then it's not worth it for me to try to do something. I can communicate something, but if theyre not studying on the other hand, then its not going to work out; theres not going to be any cohesiveness within the receiver group or tight end group."This helps explain why there is much, much more to playing successfully in the Patriots offense than simply being fast and having good hands. It's as evolved an offensive approach as the NFL's ever seen. "I love to be able to identify the defenses that Im going to see," he continued. "I love to be able to study and prepare and take things that I see on the film and then use those when I get them in the game, and then try to get us into the right play, but those other guys are studying just as hard as I am trying to understand that, Okay, Tom is going to change it, this is why hes going to change it, this is what hes going to change it to, so they can anticipate those things as well. So, there are maybe three or four things they may be looking for, as opposed to 50 things and then they can play that much quicker."So if there's a talented receiver whose ability to learn the offense or feel comfortable in it is lagging, this could be the reason.Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran.

Report: Patriots fill open roster spot with former Browns DL Hughes

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Report: Patriots fill open roster spot with former Browns DL Hughes

The Patriots opened a roster spot by waiving defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, but they won't be adding a quarterback to take his place. 

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the team has swapped one defensive tackle for another by adding former Browns big man John Hughes, a 6-foot-2, 320-pounder who played under former assistant to the Patriots coaching staff Mike Lombardi when Lombardi was Cleveland's general manager in 2013. 

Hughes was released last week after spending just over four years with the team that drafted him in the third round in 2012. He signed a four-year extension with the Browns last season that was worth $12.8 million. 

With the Patriots, Hughes figures to work in as part of the rotation on the interior of the defensive line along with Malcom Brown, Alan Branch and rookie third-round pick Vincent Valentine. Unlike Johnson, who was more of a penetrating pass-rusher, Hughes should factor in as more of a space-eating type. He has 5.5 career sacks in 53 games. 

Johnson is the latest in a long line of Browns who played under Lombardi to end up in New England. The two most notable Patriots who spent 2013 in Cleveland are defensive end Jabaal Sheard and running back Dion Lewis. Linebacker Barkevious Mingo, who arrived in New England in a trade this summer, was drafted by Lombardi's front office as the No. 6 overall pick in 2013.

Pats exploit 'element of unknown' with Garoppolo or Brissett at QB

Pats exploit 'element of unknown' with Garoppolo or Brissett at QB

There’s no way to spin rookie Jacoby Brissett starting a game rather than three-year NFL veteran Jimmy Garoppolo or future Hall of Famer Tom Brady as preferable.
 
But can the disadvantages be mitigated? Can the fact there is no “book” on a player be helpful?
 
“I think there’s always an element of the unknown when you’re dealing with a player or something you haven’t seen or scouted as much,” said Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on a conference call Monday afternoon. “I don’t know if there’s an advantage there, it’s just that you don’t have as much information on a player or on some scheme that they may use, which then forces you to figure some things out as the game goes along and do some quick self-scouting as you move through the first cquarter, the first half, whatever it is, just to make sure that if it is something new you haven’t seen before, if it is a player that you haven’t played against and don’t have a lot of volume of tape on, that you have an opportunity to evaluate quickly what is going on.

"What’s happening in the game? How much of an impact is that player having? Are they trying to  do something that’s disrupting what you’re trying to do with their scheme? I think that happens a lot of weeks during the course of the year based on health and availability, new players, guys being called up, someone that just got signed and you don’t really have a lot of experience watching them play in their system. I would say that’s a common occurrence for us.”
 
With a fullback or UDFA guard pressed into duty, there’s not a helluva lot that will be altered in terms of scheme. With players like Garoppolo and Brissett, though, the Patriots' long-established offense can take on an entirely different look if different areas are emphasized.
 
For instance, jet sweep is a play the team won’t use much with Tom Brady except as a “keep ‘em honest” on the edges kind of play. With Garoppolo, quickness when he gets outside the pocket has to be respected so if he fakes that jet sweep and rolls to the outside, he’s a run-pass threat with speed and downfield accuracy. With Brissett, he’s a threat with elusiveness, size and power as a runner. Additionally, if the Patriots wanted to try the old Elway Throwback to the opposite sideline, Brissett may have more arm power than either Brady or Garoppolo.
 
McDaniels said the Patriots aren’t looking necessarily for ways to “surprise” opponents as much as they are looking for ways to accentuate players’ strengths.  
 
“We’ve got to take the guys that we get to play with, based on health and other factors, and then we consider the defense that we’re getting ready to play against, and the great players and the scheme that they use, and then we try to formulate the right plan to allow our players to go out there and play fast, play well, and do the things that suit their talents the best,” McDaniels explained. “I don’t think that our mindset has changed.

"Some of the variables have changed from one week to the next, which is always the case,  and of course, when you get a group of guys a plan and then you work so hard to get ready for Sunday or Thursday night and go out there and watch them play and execute and take care of the ball and do the things you need to do to try to win, and then they enjoy it so much, that’s really the thing that you take the most satisfaction from as a coach.”