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Giardi: Teammates say Brady's playing in 2018

Giardi: Teammates say Brady's playing in 2018

If Tom Brady is indeed uncertain about playing in 2018, then why is he continuing his normal offseason workout routine and getting together with teammates for a passing camp?

Amid speculation after ESPN's Adam Schefter reiterated Tom E. Curran's reporting that those close to Brady are unsure if he'll keep playing, Mike Florio of NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk reports that Brady is preparing to get together with some of his teammates at his offseason passing camp in Montana.

Brady has just returned from a trip to Qatar and has missed the opening days of the Patriots voluntary offseason team activities in Foxboro.

Former Patriots QB Scott Zolak of 98.5 The Sports Hub said on his "Zolak and Bertrand" show Wednesday that tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has also been contemplating retirement, will join Brady at the Montana passing camp. 

A philosophical Instagram post from Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, who has reportedly been pushing for the quarterback to retire, adds further fuel to the speculation surrounding Brady.

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Quick Slants Podcast: Jerod Mayo breaks down the keys to the Patriots winning 3 straight

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Quick Slants Podcast: Jerod Mayo breaks down the keys to the Patriots winning 3 straight

(2:00) Takeaways from the Patriots win over the Chiefs  

(6:00) Is Dont’a Hightower still not 100 percent? Jerod breaks down what he has seen

(8:00) How important has the improvement of Sony Michel been or the Patriots offense?

(14:00) Who was to blame at how poor the defense played in the 2nd half?

(19:00) Why are QBs around the league playing so much better?

(22:00) Reaction to Nick Bosa taking a year off of Ohio State to rehab for NFL

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NFL executive doesn't buy Breeland Speaks' excuse for not sacking Tom Brady

NFL executive doesn't buy Breeland Speaks' excuse for not sacking Tom Brady

When Tom Brady ran for a touchdown against the Chiefs on Sunday night, it seemed like defensive tackle Breeland Speaks had him dead to rights. But he let him go, allowing Brady to run into the end zone. 

After the game, Speaks cited the league's recent crackdown on quarterback hits and its generous distribution of roughing the passer penalties as the reason for letting go of Brady early. It's something fans have seen over the past few weeks as the league has made it clear that officials will continue to call roughing the passer on players who seem to just be finishing their tackles. 

In this particular instance, Brady pumpfaked while Speaks was going in for the tackle. Speaks appeared to think the ball was out of Brady's hand, and immediately let go of the QB in fear of getting called and giving the Patriots a free first-and-goal. Brady, of course, still had the ball, and scrambled into the end zone for a rare rushing touchdown. 

But NFL executive VP of football operations Troy Vincent doesn't believe the penalty was what caused Speaks to let Brady go. He was of the opinion that Brady was simply doing what he'd been doing for nearly 20 years now: stepping up in the pocket to avoid the sack. Vincent expressed his opinion that the league has made it as clear as possible to the players what they can and cannot do, and Speaks just missed the tackle, blaming his whiff on fear of a penalty. 

Whether Speaks just missed Brady or did pull up to avoid a penalty, the constant calls have been a problem across the league this year. This time, it worked out in the Pats' favor. Next time, that might not be the case. 

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