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Brady says high production is expected result

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Brady says high production is expected result

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Tom Brady's won back-to-back AFC Offensive Player of the Week awards. He's thrown for 940 yards. That is what happens, he explains, when his job is correctly performed. "We got opportunities to throw the ball," said Brady. "When my number's called upon, I try to execute. When the running backs' number's called upon, they try to execute. The offensive line always has to execute . . . Offense is about everybody really being on the same page."It takes a lot to wow Brady at this point.It's been nearly 10 years since he grabbed his temples and smilingly shook his head after winning the Super Bowl MVP award in February 2002. He's done stuff since. A couple of Player of the Week honors aren't going to make his pulse race. He continues to explain the offense isa group project. "It's a collective effort," said Brady. "The better Wes Welker does, the better it is for Chad Ochocinco and Deion Branch and for Rob Gronkowski and for Aaron Hernandez . . . The better the running game, the better it is for play-action pass. Everything feeds off one another. It's not one guy doing it."Brady did have an interesting answer when asked about the ability to make changes at the line and get the offenseout of bad plays and into better ones. "It's preparation, but it's by the entire offense," he said. "I could see something, but if I can't figure out a way to communicate that or -- ifI do figure out a way to communicate that -- guys don't understand what I'm trying to get across at theline of scrimmageor in the huddle then it's not worth it for me to try to do something. I can communicate something, but if theyre not studying on the other hand, then its not going to work out; theres not going to be any cohesiveness within the receiver group or tight end group."This helps explain why there is much, much more to playing successfully in the Patriots offense than simply being fast and having good hands. It's as evolved an offensive approach as the NFL's ever seen. "I love to be able to identify the defenses that Im going to see," he continued. "I love to be able to study and prepare and take things that I see on the film and then use those when I get them in the game, and then try to get us into the right play, but those other guys are studying just as hard as I am trying to understand that, Okay, Tom is going to change it, this is why hes going to change it, this is what hes going to change it to, so they can anticipate those things as well. So, there are maybe three or four things they may be looking for, as opposed to 50 things and then they can play that much quicker."So if there's a talented receiver whose ability to learn the offense or feel comfortable in it is lagging, this could be the reason.Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran.

Julio Jones presents Johnson Bademosi opportunity to prove he's not niche player

Julio Jones presents Johnson Bademosi opportunity to prove he's not niche player

None of us thought Johnson Bademosi would be starting this past Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the Jets because -- well -- that’s not what we perceive the 27-year-old to be. He’s a special teamer. It’s how he’s made his mark in the NFL dating back to 2012 with Cleveland. So why would that change in mid-October for a team he’s only been with for six weeks? Because Bademosi is -- and has always been -- intent on proving he’s more than a niche player.

“I see myself as a football player,” he said, “and whatever position they put me in, I’m going to try to be the best because that’s how I operate and who I am as a person. Whether that’s as a cornerback, on special teams, if they ask me to play wildcat quarterback. Whatever…”

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Bill Belichick and his staff asked for Bademosi to go on the field and not come off. He played 73 defensive snaps in addition to his usual core four special teams duties. 

“I felt like I played a whole game,” Bademosi joked, before saying, “I love playing football so I’m going to go out there and empty myself.”

He did just that, getting targeted only two times in the 24-17 win over the Jets. It was hoped that Bademosi would return to his normal specialist role, but with Stephon Gilmore still out with a concussion, it now seems more and more likely that the sixth year pro will have to be an ironman again Sunday night in primetime against the Falcons. Historically, the Pats have defended bigger receivers. That means Bademosi may be responsible for one of the most dangerous players in the league, Julio Jones.

“He’s an amazing player," he said. “We all know what he’s capable of. As a defense, we have to be prepared for him.”

The Pats were on Super Bowl Sunday and Jones still made a couple of ridiculous plays with either Logan Ryan or Eric Rowe in coverage with safety help over the top.

“He’s fast. He’s physical. He can jump. He can run. He’s smart. He’s everything you want in a wide receiver,” said Bademosi without blinking an eye. That’s the kind of confidence you want from a player at that position and facing this type of challenge. 

“You gotta believe in yourself,” he said “ I’m confident in my abilities. I work hard and trust my preparation.”

Being an elite athlete certainly helps. Bademosi was a scholarship football player at Stanford -- “some guy named Jim Harbaugh called” -- before ending up in the NFL. But it’s Bademosi’s willingness to go all in in the film room that impressed safety Devin McCourty. 

“…I think, honestly, the most work he did was probably with just himself jumping into the film, watching more stuff to exactly see,” said McCourty Thursday. “You know, when you’re a backup more, you’re kind of trying to see everything because you don’t know what role you might be thrust upon once you’re in the game. But, I think once he knew he was starting, it was kind of like, ‘Alright, let me focus in on this.’ I thought he did an awesome job of just being ready and competing.”

Bademosi will have to compete his ass off Sunday night, even against what has been to this point a physically compromised Jones. Based on what he did several days ago, there’s no reason to believe the Pats cornerback won’t bring everything he has, trying to prove again that he’s more than just a special teams whiz.

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