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.
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"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."