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Here's why Terrell Suggs isn't shocked Tom Brady is playing well into his 40s

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Here's why Terrell Suggs isn't shocked Tom Brady is playing well into his 40s

Tom Brady and Terrell Suggs are two of the elder statesmen in the NFL, and they've had many exciting battles against each other over the years.

Brady's New England Patriots and Suggs' Baltimore Ravens met in the playoffs four times, in addition to a bunch of great regular-season meetings.

Suggs, who recently signed with the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent, was asked Wednesday on FOX Sports 1 show "Undisputed" about Brady's ability to play at a high level despite being 42 years old.

The veteran defensive end has a lot of respect for the Patriots quarterback, but he couldn't resist throwing a little shade at the six-time Super Bowl champion, too. 

Suggs is right, to a degree. The rule changes over the last 15 years or so have made it easier for passing offenses to put up record numbers and for quarterbacks to remain healthier longer.

Brady has benefitted from that, for sure, but there's no question the incredible amount of work and preparation he puts in off the field each week has just as much, if not more to do with his success late in his career. 

Brady will turn 42 years old by the time the 2019 campaign begins, and judging by his play in the playoffs last season, there's no reason to believe his performance will fall from a top-tier level anytime soon.

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Julian Edelman recruits Zion Williamson to be new Patriots tight end

Julian Edelman recruits Zion Williamson to be new Patriots tight end

Zion Williamson in all likelihood will be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, but Julian Edelman still made his best pitch for the Duke standout to join the Patriots instead.

Edelman tweeted out a photoshopped image of Williamson holding up a Patriots jersey with Robert and Jonathan Kraft, and he let the 6-foot-10 18-year-old know about the Pats' open tight end position.

Edelman isn't the only Patriot recruiting athletes from other sports to take Rob Gronkowski's place at tight end. Tom Brady did the same Tuesday night with Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.

As for how the Patriots are realistically filling Gronk's void, they signed both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse in free agency. They also could look to add more depth at the position via the NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday.

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Patriots seven-round mock draft 6.0, according to the fans

Patriots seven-round mock draft 6.0, according to the fans

254 picks, in seven rounds, over three days.

The annual feeding frenzy known as the NFL Draft is about to begin, and from Kyler Murray to Mr. Irrelevant, all 32 teams are about to change the course of the future of their franchise.

The Patriots enter the draft with a league-high 12 selections, including six in the first three rounds. Whether those picks are actually used or traded remains to be seen, but there will definitely be a handful of new Patriots in the next few days.

Between mock drafts and his Prototypical Patriots series, NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry has acquainted fans with some of the best prospects available — and some under-the-radar players who would be perfect fits in Foxboro.

So for his final Patriots-specific seven-round mock draft, Phil turned it over to the fans. Who would they like to see as the newest Bill Belichick disciples?

Click here for our final Patriots-specific seven-round mock before the 2019 NFL Draft.>>>>

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