Despite taking a break from practice Thursday, Tom Brady said he will be ready to play in Sunday's…
NEWSWIRE: Brady Reacts to Recent Trades
Brady Reacts to Mankins and Mallet Trades (CSNNE)
Quarterback Tom Brady had to deal with losing two close friends and colleagues last week, first with ten-year sidekick Logan Mankins who traded to Tampa Bay followed by loss of backup quarterback Ryan Mallet. Even though he is entering into his 15th professional season, seeing long-time teammates leave is not easy for the veteran quarterback.
“I’m a very person-to-person type of person. I am a very emotional person. I don’t think those things have ever gotten easier for me. And I don’t think they ever will. But you’ve got to come to grips with it also, and learn to deal with things in a mature way,” Brady told WEEI on Tuesday. “We as players, the business side of things, we’re there to play, we aren’t there to run businesses. We’re there to enjoy the camaraderie with our teammates, enjoy the playing experience with our teammates. We play for one another, and you deal with whatever comes up and then you move forward. I think that’s part of the sport. Being that it’s happened, I know it’s going to happen next year, too, I know it’s going to happen the year after that, the year after that — for as long as you continue playing here, you’re going to be dealing with this.
While emotions were running high in the locker room, Brady and teammates have little time to dwell on player transactions with the start of the season less than a week away.
“We’ve got a game to win. I can’t really think too much about what happened in the past. Like I said, yeah, I dealt with whatever feelings I had last week, but I’ve moved on. I’ve got to move on, because that’s what this team expects me to do,” Brady explained. “With Miami coming in, the only thought on my mind is how I can be the best quarterback against them, and how I can can try to go out there and lead my teammates and be a great example, and be a great motivator, and bring the enthusiasm and energy for the team. Because without that, then we have less opportunity to win. And you guys know me, I like winning.”
Patriots Pick Up Jones, Waive Barker (NESN)
New England continues to work on their roster before this weekend’s game, picking up former Dolphins defensive back Don Jones on Monday as well as cutting offensive guard Chris Barker. With the a multitude of offensive lineman, the addition of Jones now leaves the team with six safeties on the roster. A seventh-round pick by the Dolphins last year, Jones played special teams in every 2013 regular season game. The safety will face his former teammates in the season opener in Miami on Sunday.
Gronkowski Ready for Week 1 (boston.com)
After missing far a multitude of games due to an array of gruesome injuries, New England’s infamous tight end Rob Gronkowski broke the news via Twitter that he will be playing in the Patriots season opener against Miami. Belichick made sure to keep the star away from harm’s way before the start of the season having the tight end not sitting out all four preseason games and most of the team’s training camp. Gronkowski shared his excitement to get back on the field to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss. “Super excited. Super pumped…I feel mentally and physically prepared for sure…Definitely [not] playing every single snap. But get out there, get my feet wet, whatever we game-plan this week, will be good.”
While the decision to play ultimately lies with New England’s head coach, Gronkowski took to Twitter on Monday for a crowd pleaser. “Hard work and dedication for the love of the game! It’s that time again, it’s go time!”
Ten Players Signed to Practice Squad (Boston Globe)
New England released the names of their practice squad roster on Monday, signing ten players for the lineup. The size of the squad has been increased from eight to ten players. The practice squad includes: Dax Swanson (DB), Jake Bequette (DL), Charley Hughlett (DL), Deontae Skinner (DL), Jonas Gray (RB), Chris Martin (OL), McLeod Bethel-Thompson (QB), Josh Boyce (WR), Ja’Gared Davis (LB) and Kanorris Davis (S).
Newswire assembled by Patriots Insider contributor AnneMarie Blanco (Ablanco on the forums). Look for more updates from AnneMarie here at Patriots Insider.