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Brady still not satisfied: ‘We all feel like there’s still plays out there’

Brady still not satisfied: ‘We all feel like there’s still plays out there’

Tom Brady was up and at 'em early Monday morning after a late night Sunday. But coming off of a 43-40 win, a game in which the Patriots did not punt, Brady still sounded as though he had some leftover enthusiasm for what went down at Gillette Stadium when he spoke to WEEI's “Kirk and Callahan” show.

The Patriots scored 38 points in each of their previous two games, and even after getting into the 40s, Brady said he thought there’s still room for this year's offense to grow.

"I think we're starting to feel confident in what we can achieve really if we put it together for four quarters," Brady said. "I think it's going to look great. We had 38, 38 and 43. And I think we all feel like there's plays still out there and we're still getting familiar with one another. If we can just keep grinding and keep practicing and keep making improvements, it's tough to stop us. That's a good feeling."

One of the areas where the Patriots might be able to improve relatively significantly over the course of the year? The connection between Brady and receiver Josh Gordon. The two are still in their first month together as teammates, and Brady seemed optimistic about Gordon's future with the team. 

"I think if we keep working at it," Brady said, "a lot of things are going to look better. I have a lot of confidence in him." 

Gordon caught five passes on nine targets for 42 yards. He played 63 snaps in the game, and only Julian Edelman played more at the receiver spot.

"For him to be in there as many plays [as he was]," Brady said, "in my view is so impressive . . . I think the best is ahead of us if we just keep working at it."

Here are a few more quotes of note from Brady's radio call Monday...

On the Rob Gronkowski versus Travis Kelce debate: "I'd vote for Gronk 100 out of 100. He's a special player. Made some huge plays when we needed him. He's getting punt viced on some of his routes . . . They're aware of him on every play . . . He's doing a great job and I'm so proud of him."

On Brady's strip-sack fumble: "That's just a mental error. For me to roll right and avoid the guy and swing the ball around with really no chance to complete it. I had guys. I had Julian on the sideline, I didn't see him. Usually when you roll right you just gotta keep rolling right and try to make a good throw. But to stop and move around with all the bodies coming, it was just a mental mistake. I'm not going to have any more of those this year. I won't do anything like that again."

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Chris Hogan sees similarities between Tom Brady and Cam newton

Chris Hogan sees similarities between Tom Brady and Cam newton

Chris Hogan wasn't with the Patriots for long, but in three seasons with the franchise, he experienced about as much as you possibly could for that short a time frame. He played in three consecutive Super Bowls and won two while catching passes from the legendary Tom Brady. 

Hogan signed a one-year deal with the Panthers this offseason after he said the Patriots moved on from him, though there are no hard feelings. Now he's working with the talented but inconsistent Cam Newton in Carolina, and has already noticed a key similarity between his new quarterback and Brady, as he told ESPN's David Newton

That competitive nature, it’s there. When it comes time to strap on the pads and play football, their focus is on one goal and that’s winning football games.

Cam wants to win. You can tell that right away from talking to him and being around him.

Newton won the MVP in 2016 and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50, but lost to Von Miller and that brutal Broncos defense that featured Malik Jackson, Chris Harris Jr. and DeMarcus Ware just to name a few key contributors.

You have to wonder what would have happened if the Patriots hadn't lost to Denver in that year's AFC Championship game. Super Bowl 50 is the only Super Bowl the Patriots haven't participated in over the last five years. 

Hogan had enough time with Brady to notice what made him great, so if he sees that same competitive fire in Newton, then that has to be a good sign for Panthers fans. We already know Newton has the ability to turn a conference on its head, so there's a possibility we see him and Brady square off in February this coming season You never know. 

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WATCH: NFL Films special on Julian Edelman and his dad will make your Fathers Day

WATCH: NFL Films special on Julian Edelman and his dad will make your Fathers Day

It's Fathers Day, and for most of us who love sports, we've mostly developed that interest through our dad's, and Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is no different. 

NFL Films posted a great special on Edelman and his dad Frank and the journey they each went on for the former Kent State quarterback to become the second leading receiver in NFL Playoff history and a three-time Super Bowl champion. 

"I discovered football through my father," Julian said. "My brother played, he was seven years older than me, and my father was coaching him, so I was the kid in diapers running around the practice field and I’ve had a love for it ever since."

The video shows some of Edelman's highlights as a youth football star, donning No. 21 because he thought he was Deion Sanders. However, his opportunities were limited throughout his amateur career due to his size. 

"The thing about Jules is he was really little," Frank said. "He used to come in my room crying in the middle of the night saying, ‘Daddy when am I gonna grow, when am I gonna grow.’ And I said son, don’t worry. 

"He’s fearless, and always had a chip on his shoulder."

As a three-year starting quarterback at Kent State, Edelman threw for 4,997 yards, 30 touchdowns and 31 interceptions to go along with 2,483 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns. The only interest he drew as a quarterback was in the Canadien Football League, while the Patriots drafted him in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft to be a receiver. 

"I said, ‘Jules you just got picked up by British Columbia,’ and he goes, ‘I ain’t going I’m gonna be a receiver in the NFL," Frank said. 

Edelman only caught one pass for 11 yards in college, so he and his dad worked seven days a week for Edelman to get up to speed on being a successful receiver. His dad's coaching style was similar enough to Edelman's new coach that he called his dad, "Baby Belichick."

From catching punts with one eye covered and a hand behind his back to using running routes on tennis courts, Edelman's methods seemed to work for him. 

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