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Bill Belichick's response to moving on without Tom Brady is ludicrous

Bill Belichick's response to moving on without Tom Brady is ludicrous

Every time Bill Belichick opens his mouth about Tompa Brady he sounds like a sour puss. What a freakin’ baby.

It was my understanding that Bill didn’t talk about the past. But that wasn’t the case when he made his case on why the Patriots can win without Brady on the NFL Network's "Schedule Release '20" special Thursday night. 

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So, Bill chirped about how they went 11-5 with Matt Cassel after Tompa got hurt and then he didn’t hesitate to mention Brady’s four-game Deflategate suspension that led to appearances by Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett. 

In his Patriot career, Tompa Brady played in 326 regular season and postseason games combined. I don’t have to mention winning six of nine Super Bowls. Brady played in 241 straight regular season and playoff games from the day he took over for Drew Bledsoe in the second game of the 2001 season until he blew out his knee against Kansas City in 2008 season opener. 

And Belichick pumps up the 20 games Brady did not play in? 

LUDICROUS! 

Yes, Matt Cassel shocked the world when he led the Brady-less Patriots to that 11-5 campaign into another postseason… WAIT! WAIT! WAIT! In that 11-5 season Bill touted, the Patriots DID NOT make the playoffs. After a 16-0 regular season and loss in the Super Bowl that still stings, the Pats stayed home for the playoffs.

Why? Ohhhh… I don’t know. Maybe because the 2007 MVP was hurt. Ya think?

God, Bill. Get over it! Tompa has had nothing but praise for you. Try doing the same for him. You sound like a child. 

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Mohamed Sanu shouts out Cam Newton in Patriots practice Instagram post

Mohamed Sanu shouts out Cam Newton in Patriots practice Instagram post

Mohamed Sanu finally doesn't have to fly across the country to work out with his new quarterback.

The New England Patriots began Phase 1 of training camp this week by hitting the practice field as a team outside Gillette Stadium.

That means Cam Newton joined his Patriots teammates in an official capacity for the first time, and Sanu seems pretty excited about having his new quarterback in the building.

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Here's the Instagram shout-out Sanu gave Newton Thursday on Instagram via a photo of the two in Patriots gear at training camp:

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Sanu and Newton teamed up for informal throwing sessions in Los Angeles just days after the 31-year-old quarterback signed with the Patriots in free agency and appeared to develop a strong connection.

Like Newton, Sanu has a lot to prove this season after an ankle injury plagued his 2019 campaign with New England. The 30-year-old sprained his ankle in his second game with the Patriots last season after a midseason trade from the Atlanta Falcons and caught three passes or fewer in his final six games of the season.

Sanu projects to be the Patriots' No. 2 wide receiver this season behind Julian Edelman, so if he can stay healthy, he could go a long way in helping Newton and the Patriots finding success this season despite a wave of player opt-outs.

Patriots Talk Podcast: Measuring the toll that opt-outs took around the NFL

Patriots Talk Podcast: Measuring the toll that opt-outs took around the NFL

Thursday's deadline for players to opt out of the 2020 NFL season has come and gone.

A total of eight New England Patriots players, including linebacker Dont'a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung, and tackle Marcus Cannon, have chosen to sit out of the 2020 campaign due to concerns about the coronavirus.

With the Pats impacted by opt outs more than any other team, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss on a brand new Patriots Talk Podcast the toll they will have on New England this season.

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"Dont'a Hightower may end up being the most high-profile guy that chooses to opt out. I would say Patrick Chung and Marcus Cannon are somewhere in that next tier," Perry said. "So when you have three starting-caliber players and four real contributors ... there's no other team in the league I think you can look at and say they've been just as hard by these opt-outs as the Patriots.

"And we talked about what they might do to fill in. I think right now is the most important time because if you're somebody like Josh Uche or Ja'Whaun Bentley or Yodny Cajuste, it doesn't matter that you're getting no time on the field right now. You have to squeeze every last drop out of every single meeting that you have the opportunity to attend, every rep you can do in the weight room ... you're going to be thrown right into the fire and you have to make sure that you're ready."

There is some optimism heading into the new season, believe it or not. Perry notes that the defense -- even after all of the opt outs -- might be better than expected for New England in 2020.

"I think if you look at the Patriots defense, I think that is the one thing that we all looked at even before they signed Cam Newton and said, 'If you were hoping they were gonna suck for Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields or somebody else near the top of the draft, the defense might do you in this year,' " said Perry. "Because they still should be good. Even if they're not the best defense in football, they still have arguably the best secondary in the league.

"And even without Dont'a Hightower, they have enough pieces and they've done well enough to scheme quarterback pressure that it should give you a representative effort each and every week which still some teams across the league you look at these rosters and wonder how they're gonna compete at all."

Curran and Perry also discuss power rankings in the AFC East after the opt outs, whether the Patriots offense will be fun to watch, takeaways from Tom Brady's introductory press conference with the Buccaneers, and why Brady may struggle in Tampa Bay.

Check out the latest episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network or on YouTube.