SEVEN NOTES BEFORE KICKOFF
- Tom Brady wore a pliability shirt to demonstrate his signature workout method. Brady said his son chose Matt Ryan in fantasy football. Brady declined to talk about his arrangement with Alex Guerrero on the team plane and whether he supports the Nike Ad Campaign with Colin Kaepernick.
- Tom Brady reminded the press how a QB has to adjust to new receivers each year. Gone are Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola who caught 161 combined passes in the regular season and playoffs in 2017. Brady and James White said the Pats offense can be difficult to learn because of the communication and constant route adjustment that a receiver must make depending on the coverage.
- Tom Brady reminded fans that every football season is "like climbing a mountain and every year you got to start right at the bottom. There’s no easy part about it and you know it’s going to be tough going all the way up and you can’t start at the top the next year. That’s not the way football is, and whoever you’re starting with at the bottom, that’s where you got to go."
- Tom Brady added that because he is the only constant in the offense over the past 19 years - the Pats offense in many ways has morphed into the Brady offense. "I’ve been in the same offense for a long time, so in a lot of ways, the system’s morphed to what my skill sets have been and other people have to come in and really fill what that particular role is for them."
- OL LaAdrian Waddle, the Pats swing tackle, said he thinks the difference between playing right and left tackle is overrated against a team like the Texans with J.J. Watt on one side and Jadeveon Clowney on the other side. An offensive lineman must be able to handle bull and speed rushes.
- T Marcus Cannon, S Nate Ebner, TE Jacob Hollister and RB Sony Michel are questionable for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. Hollister and Michel had limited participation Friday. Given that Michel has missed a lot of training camp, it would not be a surprise if he is inactive Sunday.
- Just a hunch but look for the Pats offense to throw a lot of quick passes against the Texans. This strategy will allow a limited amount of time for the Texans to rush the QB and playing hurry-up will wear down the Texans pass rushers.