The Patriots did two things really well on Sunday that they didn't do in more than spurts last season: run the ball and defend well.
Mike Felger likes the way the Pats ran the ball, saying that it not only helps the offensive line who is still working on protecting Brady, but it also takes pressure off of Brady.
Andy Gresh notes that it makes the Pats much more complimentary in terms of the pass and the run together.
But is a run game the missing ingredient to a Super Bowl win? Or is it defense? Most likely, it's both.
The trade rumors surrounding Jimmy Garoppolo have died slightly with ESPN's Adam Schefter insisting more than once that the New England Patriots quarterback will not get traded.
But Bill Belichick has shocked the NFL before. He could do it again on draft day by dealing Garoppolo Thursday.
CSNNE's Mike Giardi asked the 25-year-old quarterback whether he had any nerves heading into the 2017 NFL Draft with the potential for a trade.
"No nerves," Garoppolo said Wednesday at TD Garrden before Game 5 of the Boston Celtics' game against the Chicago Bulls. "I'm just trying to enjoy the game with the guys tonight. It's a special thing coming out here."
Garoppolo was among a strong contingent of Patriots players at the game, including quarterback Jacoby Brissett, receiver Brandin Cooks and cornerback Stephon Gilmore.
Garoppolo said he hasn't changed his approach to the offseason with the possiblity looming that he might end up on another team.
"To be honest, I really didn't think about it," he said. "I was just enjoying the offseason. Working out. Grinding it out with the guys out in California. Now we're back at it with the team."
The Patriots commenced their offseason conditioning program on April 17.
Giardi asked whether Garoppolo would be monitoring social media during the draft to keep an eye on whether his name pops up in more trade rumors.
"I'm just going to be looking at your tweets the whole time," he said with a smile.
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