Tom Brady says he's 'really happy' for Jimmy Garoppolo


Tom Brady says he's 'really happy' for Jimmy Garoppolo

The Patriots clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs when the Jaguars fell to the Niners over the weekend. That Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and the rest of the Patriots had a little help from their former teammate Jimmy Garoppolo was not lost on the football-watching world. 

Brady was asked about his former understudy -- who has gone 4-0 as a starter in San Francisco and beat arguably the best defense in the NFL in his last outing -- during his weekly interview on WEEI.

"He’s done a great job," Brady said. "You go in there and get the opportunity to play and win games, that is what we are all here for. It was good to see and good for them to beat Jacksonville, that really helped us. I am really happy for Jimmy and he’s worked really hard. It shows up when he goes out there and plays really well."

Garoppolo has played well enough that the Patriots-Niners trade has been re-visted many times in recent weeks and drummed up curiosity as to why the Patriots couldn't receive more in a deal than a second-round pick in exchange for a player who looks like a franchise cornerstone. Some have wondered if the Patriots ever considered dealing Brady in order to keep the younger backup option.

Brady has long acknowledged that many of the best players in the history of professional sports have been traded, and he was asked on Tuesday about that hypothetical. 

"We can go through all 31 teams, but I am here with the Patriots and I’ve loved playing for this team and Mr. [Robert] Kraft and Jonathan, playing for Coach [Bill] Belichick and all the other coaches and all the great players," Brady said. "I think I have had it pretty good. I don’t really think too often about what could have been, or what should have been or what might have been. I know where I am at and we’ve done a pretty good job here and hopefully we can keep it going."

Meanwhile, Garoppolo has one more opportunity to keep his hot streak going with San Francisco. Scheduled to become a free agent after the season, he seems to be making himself more money with every throw. Clearly in 3 1/2 seasons with Brady and the Patriots, he picked up a few things that he could finally put to use now that he's running an NFL huddle of his own.

“It’s really a credit to him," Brady said. "You do what you can with the opportunities you get. I think it is great for any player and anyone who has been in the Patriots system to watch how the coaches prepare the players. There is obviously a high standard and high expectations for us every time we take the field. Anytime you’re in a winning environment, that definitely helps and I think guys really enjoy that. You take what you can and use that in other places if that is where you go. Like I said, what they are doing is a credit to them. I don’t think anyone should take credit for what those guys have accomplished."


Julian Edelman posts video of resistance-band training

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Julian Edelman posts video of resistance-band training

Julian Edelman is grinding.

The New England Patriots receiver, who is recovering from an ACL repair surgery that ended his 2017 season, shared a quick video from his workout on Tuesday. Edelman is shown running with a resistance band and a trainer in-tow.

Edelman has posted a few tidbits on social media to show encouraging signs during his recovery since he got surgery in October after suffering an ACL tear in a preseason game. He was spotted around the locker room a few times during the final weeks of the 2017 season.

"Rehab is a [expletive]. It sucks," Edelman said in November on Barstool Sports' "Pardon My Take podcast." "You go in and you’re feeling decent and then you warm up, you beat it up and then you get stiff again. I mean it’s just a process and you go in six days a week and you’re going into work it, work on everything — your flexion, your extension."

Jesse James relieved Patriots didn't win Super Bowl LII

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Jesse James relieved Patriots didn't win Super Bowl LII

Steelers tight end Jesse James is glad the Patriots' Super Bowl pursuit is done -- mostly because he played a big part in helping accelerate it.

In the final moments of the game, James failed to catch the ball during a Week 15 contest between the Steelers and the Patriots. The non-catch was a controversial one.

James told Centre Daily Times' Josh Moyer he finally felt relief on the morning after the Super Bowl when the Patriots fell to the Eagles, 41-33.

“I don’t feel like I gave them a Super Bowl with that,” James told the Daily Times. “So I’m over it now, but it’s going to be a topic of conversation until the rule gets changed — or it doesn’t.”

James' play was initially ruled a touchdown before the referees overturned the play, and took the lead away from the Steelers in the final moments of the game. Ben Roethlisberger then threw an interception a few plays later. By winning, the Patriots took a huge step in locking themselves into the AFC's top seed with a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs, which they rode into the Super Bowl.

But of course, they couldn't finish their Super Bowl pursuit -- to James' satisfaction.