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Bill Belichick agrees: Jacoby Brissett’s extra time with Michael Floyd has ‘definitely helped’ 12.30.16 at 12:43 pm ET
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Oct 2, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) throws during the second half of the Buffalo Bills 16-0 win over the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Jacoby Brissett hasn’t seen any game action since Oct. 2 against the Bills. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — There’s been plenty of talk this week about the effect Jacoby Brissett has had on helping Michael Floyd assimilate into the Patriots offense in time to have a positive impact.

Much of that talk has come from Floyd himself, who said the back-up quarterback has been essential in working with him in practice.

Bill Belichick broke down exactly how it the relationship actually works to keep both quarterback and receiver sharp should they be called upon in a pinch, either this week or even in the playoffs.

“I think in a lot of cases we would facilitate it. I think in this particular case it helps both players. I think when you have to explain what you’re doing to somebody else it helps you understand it better,” Belichick said Friday of the benefit to Brissett. “The coaches are involved in a lot of – I mean we all have the things that we have to do on a regular weekly basis. Preparing our different position groups, and breaking down film, and getting ready for practice, and organizing meetings and so forth, so it’s hard for a coach just to drop what he’s doing for two or three hours and go meet with a player.

“I mean we do that and we balance it all, but there’s also a place where if you have a player that’s available that can do it that it’s kind of the right situation like this one is, then that can be beneficial to the coaching staff, can be beneficial to the player, can be beneficial to the new player to have somebody to go through that with. Not as a coach, but in this case probably the guy who’s more important than the coach, the guy that’s throwing him the ball. That’s an important relationship to have between the receiver and the quarterback. Sometimes it works out.

“Again, there’s no set formula or way to do it. In this case we happen to be in a situation where that has I think, again, there’s a lot of benefit all the way around. I think it’s been good. It’s helped Floyd and it’s definitely helped Brissett and it’s helped Chad [O’Shea] and Josh [McDaniels], too.”

There’s another factor to consider, as Belichick noted Friday. With Brady tapering down, due to his own management of reps in practice and his own health issues (thigh), Jimmy Garoppolo and Brissett have been able to step in and pick up the load in practice.
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Top 10 storylines of 2016 for Patriots, including Deflategate fallout, off-field distractions, historic milestones at 6:00 am ET
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It was an eventful 2016 calendar year for the Patriots, and with the New Year almost upon us, we figured this was as good of a time as any to count down the best storylines of the year.

10. Rob Gronkowski’s special day in Buffalo

On Oct. 30 in Buffalo, Rob Gronkowski recorded his 69th career touchdown, which broke Stanley Morgan’s team record. It was extra special considering it was in front of his family and friends, and in typical Gronk fashion, he found a way to work “69” and his mom into his comments after the game.

“The first thing yesterday — we sat down and I saw her — she came to our hotel and when we sat down she said, ‘Rob, I’m so proud of you when you score your 69th touchdown,’” Gronkowski said after the game. “I was like, I have to give her a shoutout that she is super proud of me. Hi, mom. Thank you.”

9. Quarterback situation in Weeks 1-4

With Tom Brady suspended, the first four weeks were supposed to be all Jimmy Garoppolo, but then the third-year player suffered a sprained AC joint in the second quarter of Week 2 and couldn’t play in the following two games. That set the stage for rookie Jacoby Brissett, who led the team to a 27-0 win over the Texans in Week 3, but suffered a thumb injury in the game that eventually needed surgery.

This left the Week 4 quarterback situation very much up in the air, as Garoppolo was trying to come back from his shoulder injury and Brissett had his own thumb issue to deal with. There was even talk throughout the week of college quarterback Julian Edelman being under center, but eventually it was Brissett and the Patriots lost 16-0 to the Bills. Despite going 3-1 without Brady, it was a crazy first four weeks of the season at the quarterback position.

8. Chandler Jones’ situation before playoff game

The Sunday before the Patriots’ divisional round game against the Chiefs, Chandler Jones had a bad reaction after smoking synthetic marijuana and showed up to the Foxboro police station with his shirt off and wondering aimlessly before being taken to the hospital. This story dominated the headlines the week of the game with the facts of exactly what took place slowly coming out, but ultimately Bill Belichick didn’t discipline the defensive end, as he started and played his normal snaps in the game. Jones was traded to Arizona in the offseason.

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Tom Brady (thigh) among 4 Patriots limited Thursday 12.29.16 at 4:00 pm ET
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Tom Brady

FOXBORO — Although Tom Brady returned to practice on Thursday, he was limited with a thigh injury he’s been dealing with the last two weeks.

The quarterback was one of four Patriots limited, including Martellus Bennett, Matthew Slater and Dont’a Hightower.

Danny Amendola, Cyrus Jones and Malcolm Mitchell all missed the session entirely, while Dion Lewis was removed from the injury report after missing Wednesday with an illness.

Here is the complete Patriots injury report.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

CB Cyrus Jones (knee)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

QB Tom Brady (thigh)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/ankle)
WR Matthew Slater (foot)
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)

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Tom Brady, Dion Lewis return to Patriots practice, but 3 key players absent at 11:27 am ET
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Tom Brady

FOXBORO — For three Patriots players, things don’t look good for their availability Sunday in Miami.

Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Cyrus Jones (knee) and Danny Amendola (ankle) were all missing from the start of Patriots practice on Thursday held on the lower grass field behind Gillette Stadium.

Amendola was never expected to play, but for Mitchell it is his second straight missed practice and it seems like Jones injured his knee on Wednesday. He was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday’s injury report.

At least as of now, it wouldn’t appear those players will be able to play Sunday.

There was some good news as both Tom Brady and Dion Lewis returned to practice. Brady missed Wednesday with a thigh injury, while Lewis was out with an illness.

The second injury report of the week is due out around 4 p.m.

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Bill Polian: Tom Brady probably will win NFL MVP, but ‘if I had a vote it would be 10 votes for [Ezekiel] Elliott’ 12.28.16 at 8:26 pm ET
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Tom Brady

The NFL MVP race is coming down to the last week of the season and really any one of about five players could win the award, including Tom Brady.

Former Colts vice chairman and current ESPN NFL analyst Bill Polian went on ESPN Charlotte Radio Wednesday and said he believes Brady will win the award, but it didn’t seem like he agrees.

“I don’t know who is going to win. It’s usually a quarterback. It’s probably going to be Tom Brady if you asked me to guess, but if I had a vote it would be 10 votes for [Ezekiel] Elliott,” he said. “He’s made the Cowboys into a different team and all you have to do is look at the statistics of his backups when they play behind the same offense line, the same receivers and the same quarterback and look at the statistics when he is in the game. He is the difference makers of all difference makers. He’s the air apparent to AP [Adrian Peterson]. He’s the reason they are where they are.”

As for the AFC playoffs, he believes the Patriots have the advantage because they will likely be the No. 1 seed.

“I think New England, Pittsburgh and Kansas City are pretty close,” Polian said. “New England has the edge obviously because they are going to play at home and their record at home is beyond belief. That is an advantage for them. As you would say in tennis: Advantage Patriots.”

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Dion Lewis misses practice with illness, while Malcolm Mitchell has new knee injury at 4:19 pm ET
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Dion Lewis

Dion Lewis

FOXBORO — The Patriots may not be as healthy as some thought going into the week.

The team had four players miss Wednesday’s session entirely, while another four were limited. There are a few players dealing with new injuries.

Quarterback Tom Brady missed the session with the same thigh injury he was limited with all of last week, while Danny Amendola was absent again with his ankle injury.

There were two new names as Dion Lewis was out due to an illness and Malcolm Mitchell missed practice with a knee injury. It’s unclear when the knee injury occurred, as he appeared to finish Saturday’s game with the Jets.

Of the four players limited, Cyrus Jones was a new one, as he has a knee injury. Dont’a Hightower (knee) and Matthew Slater (foot), who missed last week’s game were limited.

Here is the complete practice report.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

QB Tom Brady (thigh)
RB Dion Lewis (illness)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
CB Cyrus Jones (knee)
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)
WR Matthew Slater (foot)

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Tom Brady, Dion Lewis among 4 key players missing from Patriots practice at 1:20 pm ET
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Tom Brady

FOXBORO — There were some key players absent from Patriots practice on Wednesday.

Tom Brady, Dion Lewis, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola were all missing from the start of practice on the lower grass field behind Gillette Stadium, as the team begins its preparations from Sunday’s game in Miami.

Brady last missed practice on Nov. 30, which was before the Rams game. He did appear on the injury report last week with a thigh injury and was limited in all three sessions.

Lewis and Mitchell are interesting, as they didn’t appear to be injured in Saturday’s win over the Jets and aren’t known to be dealing with any injuries. Amendola is reportedly out for the remainder of the regular season with an ankle injury.

Dont’a Hightower and Matthew Slater both were present after missing Saturdays game.

The first injury report of the week will come out later Wednesday afternoon.

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