Tom Brady Limited With A Knee Injury Wednesday
Tom Brady, 41 was a surprise on the Pats first injury report of the week. Brady might have aggravated his knee when he fell down a yard short of the first down after catching a pass against Tennessee. Marcus Cannon had a false start on fourth and one and Brady's pass was knocked down by former teammate Logan Ryan. Brady did not return to the game after that play. The Titans took over and six plays later scored a touchdown to make the score 34-10. The thinking at the time was that Brady simply didn't play because the Pats were down by 24 points. Another potential reason was that the team wanted to be cautious and avoid aggravating a potential knee injury. Jets coach Todd Bowles has not seen any decline in the arm strength of Tom Brady.
"It will be strong as ever until he retires," Bowles said on a conference call with the New England media.
Rob Gronkowski (ankle/back) was also limited in practice Wednesday as were Sony Michel (knee) and Shaw Mason (calf).
DL Lawrence Guy Is at Home In New England.
If there is one bright spot on a Pats defense that has struggled this year, it has been Lawrence Guy. Guy has pushed the pocket at times on passing plays and has been a solid run stuffer. Guy has 38 tackles and one critical forced fumble against the Green Bay Packers in the second half that turned the game around. Jets Coach Todd Bowles noticed Guy's physicality watching film this week.
"I think he does an outstanding job. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s tough and he makes plays. I think what they do with him in that scheme is outstanding, but I think all of them up there do a good job," Bowles said.
Guy, 28, has found stability in New England after bouncing around for a while. The Green Bay Packers drafted Guy in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. He spent 2011 on injured reserved. The Packers released him the next year (2012). Guy signed with the Colts. The next year (2013) the Colts released him and he signed with the San Diego Chargers who released him at the beginning of the 2014 season. Guy then signed with the Ravens where he remained through the 2016 season. Guy played well in 2015 where he had 4.5 sacks and 56 tackles. In 2017, the Pats rewarded him with a four-year contract that included a $4 million signing bonus.
Last season, Lawrence Guy justified the Pats confidence in him with a good season by starting 15 games and having 58 tackles and one sack. This season Guy has improved his consistency - becoming a very good run player and more of a force with the pass rush. Guy stripped Packers RB Aaron Jones with the scored tied at 17 at the beginning of the fourth quarter at the Pats 25 when the Packers looked poised to take the lead as they were on a sustained drive.
It is a hustle that Guy (now in his 8th year) has possessed throughout his entire career.
Julian Edelman Likes Thanksgiving
Edelman, 32, dismissed the idea that Rob Gronkowski is on the decline Wednesday.
"Gronk is Gronk. That is a lot of outside noise that we don't pay attention to. I have not heard it until now," Edelman said. "I am only worried about what I can do to help the team. Gronk is going to be Gronk."
Edelman said he a has a lot to be thankful for.
"I am thankful for my healthy family," Edelman said. "I am thankful for my little girl -- my mom, my sister, my brother. I am thankful to have the opportunity to play the game that I love. When you see the fires in California and everything else that is going on in the country any day that you wake up and have some air in your lungs and you can decipher right and left you are lucky."
For those who are curious, Edelman said he is more of snacker on Thanksgiving that goes back multiple times then someone who takes one large plate and falls asleep. Edelman likes to make little sandwiches out of Turkey and the other fixings.
Random Note: CB Stephon Gilmore said his favorite food to eat on Thanksgiving is Macaroni and Cheese. Don't drop off a turkey at Gilmore's house.