|Bill Belichick on his quarterbacks: ‘We’ll give our injury report on Wednesday’||09.25.16 at 12:48 pm ET|
It appears there won’t be any further clarity on the Patriots quarterback situation until the middle of the week.
During his conference call on Sunday, head coach Bill Belichick would not elaborate on the injuries to Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder) or Jacoby Brissett (right thumb).
“We’ll give our injury report on Wednesday, as we always do, as we’re required to do,” Belichick replied when asked if there might be an update on where the quarterback situation stands. “Based on where things are at that point, that’ll be represented in the report.”
The Patriots will have to get through one more game without Tom Brady and that will come next Sunday at Gillette Stadium against the Bills.
Garoppolo reportedly sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder with five minutes remaining in the first half against the Dolphins.
Brissett sprained his right thumb against the Texans on the first drive of the second half on Thursday night. The initial fear that surgery might be required is subsiding while the team see how it responds this week.
Adam Schefter reported Sunday that team sources say Garoppolo is “definitely making progress” in an effort to be ready next Sunday.
As for Brissett, the team is waiting to see how the thumb responds, and is also hopeful, based on his play after the injury, that he might be ready to take the field against the Bills if needed.
|Tom Brady travels to Italy with wife Gisele Bundchen as Deflategate suspension nears end||09.24.16 at 1:47 pm ET|
With just over a week left in his Deflategate suspension, Tom Brady has got out of the country.
TMZ obtained pictures of Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen at a restaurant on the island Capri in Italy called Aurora Friday night.
Brady can return to the Gillette Stadium facility a week from Monday — October 3. Last weekend, the quarterback and his son Jack went to the University of Michigan where Brady was the honorary captain.
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|Tom Brady, Drew Bledsoe reflect on Mo Lewis’ hit which changed Patriots franchise forever||09.22.16 at 2:26 pm ET|
Friday is the 15-year anniversary of the day the Patriots franchise changed forever.
After missing a week of games because of the events that happened on Sept 11., the Patriots hosted the Jets at Foxboro Stadium and the Jets led 10-3 with just 5:10 remaining and it was third-and-10 at the New England 19-yard line.
Drew Bledsoe scrambled to his right out of the pocket and picked up eight yards before heading out of bounds and linebacker Mo Lewis drilled him in the left side knocking him out of bounds and out of the game.
“I didn’t really see Lewis, because all I saw was the first down marker,” Bledsoe recalled to NFL.com’s (formerly of Sports Illustrated) Don Banks this week. “It was third down and while I was running toward the sideline, I couldn’t just go out of bounds short of the first down marker, not in that situation late in the game. So I tried to cut back inside and see if I could get the first down, and when I did that, I gave up my body to take the hit.
“People forget that after I got hit, I went back in the game the next series. And the reason why I came out of the game after that series was because I had a concussion as well, and I didn’t know which way was right and which way was left, and didn’t know my two-minute plays, which we had run for two years. I didn’t know I was seriously hurt until after the game.”
Backup quarterback Tom Brady entered the game after Bledsoe played the next possession and tried to tie the game, but after getting three first downs the drive fell short and the Jets won the game.
“Everything happened so fast and I think I was just reacting to the moment,” Brady said. “I felt prepared, and really it felt like football. Like something I had done many times before. I was bummed we lost, because we had some chances at the end. But it wasn’t until mid-week when we knew the extent of what Drew was dealing with. Again, I was just taking things as they came, and I tried to make the best of the situation, as it was tough for everybody, with somebody I respected so much like I did Drew.”
The seriousness of the hit didn’t come right away for Bledsoe — it was once he got back into the locker room.
|Brock Osweiler offers insight into how Jimmy Garoppolo feels backing up Tom Brady||09.20.16 at 6:22 pm ET|
FOXBORO — No one knows what Jimmy Garoppolo is going through better than Brock Osweiler.
Osweiler backed up Peyton Manning in Denver for four seasons, so he knows what it’s like to play behind a legendary quarterback and even get into games and play well, as Osweiler did so in eight games last season.
The current Texans quarterback said it isn’t easy as some may think.
“I know how difficult it is,” Osweiler said on a conference call Tuesday. “A lot of people think, ‘Oh, playing backup quarterback, that’s the best position in the world.’ What they don’t understand is when we leave the building at 5 o’clock on Wednesday or Thursday, you still need to go home and study and prepare just like you’re the starter and usually you won’t get any reps on Sunday but you have to approach as if you are the starter. To see somebody like Jimmy who’s stayed patient, stayed disciplined, constantly gotten better, absolutely. You’re very happy to see someone have success like that.”
Osweiler offered some advice for Garoppolo with what it’s like to play behind such a great quarterback and also what it takes to be successful.
“One, it takes a lot of patience and two, it takes a lot of discipline,” he said. “I do know what Jimmy’s going through right now, I’ve been in those shoes. I was in those shoes for 3.5 years before I really got my opportunity. I say patience because that’s a long time to sit and not play. The discipline comes in just because you’re not playing, doesn’t mean you don’t work hard.”
Garoppolo made the most of his opportunity this season before injuring his right shoulder, as over six quarters he is 42-for-60 passing for 498 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a quarterback rating of 117.2.
The current Texans quarterback is aware of how well Garoppolo has played.
FOXBORO — Not many people have been in the quarterbacks room with Tom Brady.
But, Texans coach Bill O’Brien has as he was the Patriots’ quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator from 2009-11.
On a conference call on Tuesday, O’Brien gave some insight on how Brady interacts with his backups, which became a storyline this past summer with he and Jimmy Garoppolo’s relationship.
O’Brien said Brady is a good teammate and helps his backups with any questions they may have.
“Absolutely, he’s a great guy,” O’Brien said. “Tom is a great person and I can remember sitting in there one time, one of the years I was there coaching him and he was counting up all the backup quarterbacks that had been there over the years. There were many of them and that was pretty cool to just hear his memory on everyone of their names.
“That tells you right there that he cares about the guys that are in the quarterback’s room with him. Look, those guys ask a lot of questions I’m sure and Tom definitely gives them his knowledge because he wants the team to win. Tom is a great teammate and a great guy.”
Brady is of course missing Thursday’s game with the Texans as it is the third of his four-game suspension. O’Brien said Brady is likely “chomping at the bit” to get back on the field.
“I think he’s probably handling it very well because he’s a really bright guy, but I am sure he’s chomping at the bit to get back in there,” O’Brien said. “I’m sure. He’s probably one of the most competitive guys I’ve been around. Like I said, he wants to be there for his team and so I’m sure it’s something he just can’t wait to get back. I’m sure.”
|Tom Brady: Jimmy Garoppolo has ‘done a really great job’ leading Patriots to 2-0 start||09.19.16 at 9:08 pm ET|
While Tom Brady cannot be at Gillette Stadium or any NFL stadium as he’s suspended for the first four games, it doesn’t mean he isn’t watching them.
Brady admitted it’s been tough to watch, but he’s been happy with the results as the team has started 2-0.
“It’s certainly tough to watch, but it’s certainly great to see us win,” Brady said Monday to Jim Gray on Westwood One’s Monday Night Football pregame show. “It’s a little bit of both for me.”
Added Brady on Sunday specifically: “It was good to see. We got off to such a great start and he was really firing the ball in there and being very accurate and decisive with his throws. It was great to see. It was a tough injury (to Jimmy Garoppolo). Miami did a great job kind of hanging in there and battling back, but I’m glad we were able to close it out with the interception by Duron [Harmon] at the end.”
With Jimmy Garoppolo’s success before his right shoulder injury, Brady was asked if be believes he has a big future as a NFL quarterback.
“Well, I think that is kind of going to be decided by him,” Brady said. “I think obviously the way he’s started, it’s been a great start starting games in the NFL. He’s a very hard worker and I’m proud of the way he’s led the team. I know he’ll be fighting hard to be out there this week and he’s done a really great job.”
With the Patriots starting out 2-0, at worst they will be 2-2 when Brady returns, so he knows the team will not have a ton of ground to make up when he returns. He was asked if that is a relief.
“I feel like our team will always be prepared and want to play well,” Brady said. “Some of the outcomes are always close, as they have been the last couple of weeks. We’ve found a way to win and battled through adversity. These games aren’t easy and as I’ve said thousands of times, it’s hard to win games in the NFL and we’re off to a great start. I am proud of the guys for how hard they are working and you can see it on TV. It’s really paying off.”
Following are more highlights from the interview. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.
On Julian Edelman potentially playing quarterback: “He still talks about that touchdown pass he threw against Baltimore a few years ago. I actually — maybe it would give him a little more immunization if he did well, but if he didn’t I mean he’s kind of batting 1.000 right now, so there’s only one place to go.”
On Jacoby Brissett: “Jacoby has done a great job taking advantage of his opportunity as well. He went in there yesterday and showed a lot of poise. I’ve loved working with him. I think he’s shows up to work every day working hard. He’s very competitive and I know our coaching staff will have him prepared and ready to go for Thursday night if he is called upon. Who knows, Jimmy may be out there. We’ll see how it plays out.”
Wes Welker was at Gillette Stadium on Sunday taking in the game, while also impersonating Tom Brady with a life-size mask of the quarterback in the parking lot beforehand.
Brady actually saw the mask earlier as the two were together Sunday morning.
“I saw some of those masks and I saw Wes’ — actually, I spent a little time with him Sunday morning. He showed it to me. It was probably the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen,” Brady told Jim Gray on Westwood One’s pregame show Monday night.
The quarterback confirmed the two worked out together, but didn’t say exactly what they did.
“It was good to spend some time with him,” Brady said. “He’s been one of my best friends and we played together for a long time. It was good to be with him. He’s still got a lot of ability, so it was fun to kind of be out on the field with him.”
Brady can return from his four-game suspension on Oct. 3 as the team prepares for their Week 5 matchup in Cleveland.
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