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Bill Polian says he had a first-round grade on Tom Brady. He’s almost certainly lying 03.07.17 at 3:55 pm ET
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It's safe to say Tom Brady is the best sixth-round pick in NFL history. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

It’s safe to say Tom Brady is the best sixth-round pick in NFL history. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Maybe former Colts general manager Bill Polian did have a first-round grade on Tom Brady before the 2000 NFL Draft. But all discernible evidence says otherwise.

In an interview this week at the NFL Scouting Combine, Polian said he was “really high on Brady.” This statement correlates with comments he made to Sports Illustrated in 2015, when he was asked about which quarterbacks he would’ve drafted if Peyton Manning weren’t on the Colts.

“Well, Roethlisberger later on [in 2004]—we were really high on him. Aaron Rodgers the year after,” Polian said, via For The Win. “That’s the only name that comes to mind right away. And I don’t think there was a guy in between, but Tom Brady would have been a guy, and we were very high on him. Our guys really loved him, but we weren’t in the quarterback market, obviously. Those would be the guys I remember us giving solid, first-round, can-lead-you-to-a-championship grades.”

While it’s true the Colts weren’t looking for a quarterback in 2000, they still could’ve drafted one –– especially if they were so fond of Brady. Indianapolis’ final three picks in the 2000 NFL Draft –– center Matt Johnson, defensive tackle Rob Renes and cornerback Rodregis Brooks –– played a combined five games in the NFL. The Colts had a need for a backup QB in 2000 as well. According to the Football Database, the two pass-throwers behind Manning that season were Billy Joe Hobert and Kelly Holcomb. Indianapolis’ second-stringer quarterback in 2001, Brady’s first year as a starter, was 39-year-old Mark Rypien.

As the Patriots have shown over the last 15 years, it’s possible to draft a quarterback even if the No. 1  job isn’t open. They’ve selected eight QB’s since Brady took over under center, including Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round.

Considering Brady lasted until the Patriots took him with the No. 199 overall pick, it’s fair to surmise nobody was particularly high on him coming out of college. It’s laughable for Polian to say otherwise.

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Tom Brady releases plant-based performance meal kit at 10:01 am ET
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People can now eat like Tom Brady does. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

People can now eat like Tom Brady does. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

Late last year Tom Brady released his Under Armour sleepwear so people could sleep and lounge like Brady does.

Now, people can eat like him.

Brady is entering the meal kit delivery market with plant-based performance meals in partnership with Purple Carrot. The meals are gluten-free, higher in protein and lower in refined sugar than Purple Carrot’s typical products. Each week customers will receive three meals for two people totaling $78.

“The TB12 Performance Meals are designed for anyone who’s looking to achieve or sustain their own peak performance,” Brady told CNBC in an email. “Whether that’s in the gym, on the field, or at work. We want to inspire everyone — not just athletes — to be their best, and I think these meals will be a big step in that direction.”

Pre-orders will start Tuesday and there will be a three-week lead time before it closes the orders so they can make sure everyone is accommodated.

“We anticipate demand and have expanded our capacity,” Andy Levitt, CEO of Purple Carrot told CNBC.

Brady also promoted the product on Instagram.

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Want to understand how Tom Brady thinks? Read his favorite book 03.06.17 at 1:58 pm ET
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"The Four Agreements" provides the ultimate insight into Tom Brady's mindset. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

“The Four Agreements” provides the ultimate insight into Tom Brady’s mindset. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

At the height of the Deflategate saga, Tom Brady turned to the work of a Mexican shaman. don Miguel Ruiz, who published “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom” in 1997, is one of the guiding voices in the quarterback’s life. After one reads the book, it’s easy to see how Miguel Ruiz’s teachings influence Brady’s behavior.

Brady first mentioned his affinity for the self-help book in an interview with Dennis & Callahan in September 2015. He said it kept him grounded throughout that turbulent time.

“I read a pretty cool book about nine years ago that is kind of a mantra for my life,” Brady said. “One of the mantras in the book was ‘Don’t take things personally.’ Because a lot of times it’s not about you. It’s about how others may feel about themselves and not necessarily about me personally, Tom Brady.”

Shortly after the interview, “The Four Agreements” shot up the charts on Amazon. In it, Miguel Ruiz outlines four practices meant to help his readers achieve inner-peace and personal freedom. Throughout the 2016 season, whether he was faced Deflategate fallout or controversy over his friendship with President Donald Trump, Brady adhered to those cardinal rules. This is how he did it (quotes are taken from the book’s excerpted version, titled “Wisdom from The Four Agreements”):

Rule No. 1: Be impeccable with your word 

Key teaching: “Being impeccable with your word means using your energy in the direction of truth and love for yourself. If I see you in the street and I call you stupid, it appears that I’m using the word against you. But really I’m using my word against myself, because you’re going to hate me, and your hating me is not good for me. Therefore, if I get angry and with my word send that emotional poison to you, I’m using the word against myself.”

How it applies to Brady: While Tom Brady Sr. publicly condemned Roger Goodell in the lead up to Super Bowl LI, Brady largely kept his feelings about the commissioner to himself. According to Miguel Ruiz, nothing can be gained from speaking ill of others. All it does is fuel animosity, subtracting from our personal peace.

In this section, Miguel Ruiz also rails against spreading gossip. He relates the practice to a computer virus, saying misinformation can “break down communicating with people, causing every person it touches to become infected and contagious to others.” Perhaps this is the reason why Brady refused to criticize Trump, even when asked about the President’s salacious leaked “Access Hollywood” tape. He probably didn’t see any advantage to contributing to the conjecture about his friend.

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Sunday 7: Why Jacoby Brissett, not Tom Brady, may be biggest factor in whether or not Patriots trade Jimmy Garoppolo 03.05.17 at 6:00 am ET
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If the Patriots don't trade Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett could be a reason why. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

If the Patriots don’t trade Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett could be a reason why. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

1. Will the Patriots trade Jimmy Garoppolo? This topic isn’t going to go away any time soon. There are a number of factors going into the decision, which is one of the biggest in the Bill Belichick era. Obviously, quarterback is the most important position on the field and with Tom Brady being 40 years old next season, a good insurance policy is more important than say for a 30-year-old quarterback. This brings us to Jacoby Brissett, who is much more important to the equation than he’s getting credit for. If Garoppolo is dealt, it would be Brissett backing up Brady (although the team reportedly is looking into veteran backup quarterback options). Given how his rookie season went, many assumed he was a solid quarterback, and while maybe not as good as Garoppolo right now, good enough to get by. But, it was learned this week maybe that isn’t the case after all. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported the Patriots wouldn’t be “thrilled” with Brissett taking over for Brady if he were to get injured next season. This complicates trading Garoppolo even more. New England may need Garoppolo to back up Brady because even though everything points to Brady playing all 16 games, with him being 40 years old nothing is guaranteed. The backup quarterback position next season may be more important than on any other Belichick-led team. Bottom line, since Brissett may not be as good as some thought going into his second season, the Patriots may be more apt to hold on to Garoppolo and then reevaluate the position again next offseason.

2. Although it may have snuck up on some people, free agency officially gets underway this week. The legal tampering period begins on Tuesday when teams are permitted to start contract negotiations with free agents and then Thursday at 4:00 p.m. the 2017 league year begins with the start of free agency. The Patriots typically are not a team that comes out firing out of the gates. Usually, they wait and see how the dust settles after the first big wave of contracts and evaluate where things are at. This year could be a bit different considering the number of big-name free agents they have of their own. Again, don’t expect a lot of money to fly around from the Patriots on Thursday, unless one of their own free agents already has a big offer from another team on the table and they want to match.

3. As previously mentioned, the Patriots typically don’t make huge splashes as soon as free agency opens. They wait for the second and third tier players to start signing before making their moves. With that in mind, there are a few players to keep an eye on from a Patriots perspective. Tight end Ryan Griffin could be an option at tight end to potentially help fill the void if Martellus Bennett leaves via free agency. The New Hampshire native is 27 years old and finished last year with 442 receiving yards and two touchdowns with the Texans. Another player to watch at tight end is Mychal Rivera of the Raiders. His agent is Don Yee, the same as Brady, Garoppolo and Julian Edelman, so it’s likely the team could get good intel on him. Defensive end Jared Odrick remains a possibility, especially with him coming to Foxboro and passing a physical last week. Another potential target could be defensive end Andre Branch, who is 27 years old and coming off a 5.5-sack season with the Dolphins. The 2012 second-round pick out of Clemson could be a nice addition to the Patriots’ rotation at defensive end with Chris Long and likely Jabaal Sheard playing elsewhere in 2017.

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Patriots reportedly planning ahead for life without Jimmy Garoppolo 03.03.17 at 1:36 pm ET
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The three Patriots quarterbacks could be separated next season. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

The three Patriots quarterbacks could be separated next season. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

It remains to be seen whether or not Jimmy Garoppolo gets traded from the Patriots, but it appears the team is formulating a plan in case he does.

According to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, the Patriots are exploring their options among backup quarterbacks who are set to become free agents.

New England already has three quarterbacks under contract for 2017, so it doesn’t make much sense for it to add a fourth. It would only be in the event the team trades Garoppolo. That quarterback would then compete with Jacoby Brissett to backup Tom Brady.

NFL Media’s Ian Rappoport reported earlier in the week the Patriots “would not be thrilled now to turn the team over to Jacoby Brissett if Brady is injured,” so adding a veteran backup would make sense.

Also, with Brady being 40 years old, he likely wouldn’t be able to practice every single day next season and the team would need three quarterbacks to run a successful practice with Brady out.

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Tom Brady looks back at negative NFL combine experience in latest social media post at 10:59 am ET
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Tom Brady wasn’t always Tom Brady.

When the quarterback was coming out of Michigan in the 2000 NFL draft, not many scouts believed in him, especially at the NFL combine. With the event taking place this weekend, in his latest social media post, Brady reflected on his own combine experience. He acknowledged he was doubted, but it didn’t matter because he proved everyone wrong.

Brady wrote: I found my combine shirt from 17 years ago and it got me thinking. This is what they said about me then….. Poor build, Skinny, Lacks great physical stature and strength, Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush, Lacks a really strong arm, Can’t drive the ball downfield, Does not throw a really tight spiral, System-type player who can get exposed if forced to ad lib, Gets knocked down easily

As @edelman11 always reminds me … “You can prove em right or you can prove em wrong!” Good luck to all of you this weekend!!

Click here to see the post.

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Does Jimmy Garoppolo rumor mean Jacoby Brissett was hyped too much at end of year? 03.02.17 at 11:02 am ET
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Perhaps Jacoby Brissett hasn't developed as much as we thought. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Perhaps Jacoby Brissett hasn’t developed as much as we thought. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Patriots are not expected to trade Jimmy Garoppolo and then took it a step further with Ordway Merloni & Fauria when he said “no matter who calls them and what anybody offers” he isn’t getting traded.

So why wouldn’t the Patriots trade Garoppolo?

Clearly, it is a matter of having an insurance policy for Tom Brady and how much the Patriots like Garoppolo. Prior to this week, many believed the Patriots would deal away Garoppolo not only because of Brady planning to play into his mid-40s, but also because they have Jacoby Brissett.

Brissett was drafted in the third round and due to Brady’s suspension and Garoppolo’s injury, he played in 2.5 games over the first four weeks. He finished off the Miami win in Week 2, led the team to a 27-0 win over the Texans in Week 3 and then lost 16-0 to the Bills in Week 4, while playing with an injured thumb. He went on injured reserve after the game, but the Patriots opted to activate him to the roster in late December so he could practice with the team the remainder of the season.

The team didn’t need to do this, especially considering he wouldn’t even be active for a game with Brady and Garoppolo healthy. This was viewed as a way to keep his development going because if he wasn’t activated, he couldn’t practice. Also, Bill Belichick treated Brissett differently than any other rookie on injured reserve. He traveled to away games with the team, something Belichick rarely does even with veterans.

The assumption was Brissett was performing well and the organization believed in him for the future, but maybe that isn’t necessarily the case.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots “would not be thrilled now to turn the team over to Jacoby Brissett if Brady is injured.” It’s important to note Brissett was just a rookie last year and even Garoppolo had plenty to improve on after his rookie year. Many assumed just because of the way Brissett played early in the season and the team activating him late in the year he was fully capable of backing up Brady in 2017.

Brissett certainly could potentially be capable in a year or two, but it appears now the NC State product isn’t as developed as first thought and his situation could be one of the driving factors as to why the Patriots wouldn’t want to trade Garoppolo given the importance of the quarterback position.

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