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Mohamed Sanu ready to bring 'the juice and the squeeze' to Patriots offense

Mohamed Sanu ready to bring 'the juice and the squeeze' to Patriots offense

FOXBORO -- Mohamed Sanu is ready to bring life to a New England Patriots offense that hasn't exactly been firing on all cylinders so far this season.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knows exactly what the ex-Falcons wideout brings to the table. The two faced off in Super Bowl 51, and Brady noted on Friday he's "familiar with every player in the league, especially at receiver."

Sanu has only been with the team for three days, but Brady already loves what he's seen out of his new weapon.

"I think it's his willingness to embrace this opportunity," Brady said of Sanu. "He brings a lot of juice, so it's good to have, you know? It's good to see someone that's competitive."

The plan is for Sanu to suit up for Sunday's matchup against the Cleveland Browns, so the 30-year-old's focus right now is on getting on the same wavelength with his new quarterback.

"It's been great," Sanu said on Friday. "We've been spending a lot of time together when we got free time, and we just get on the same page. Seeing things how he sees things and making sure when he sees this, then we're seeing the same thing. It's coming along well."

As for what he'll bring to the Patriots offense, Sanu one-upped Brady's comments.

"I feel like I bring the juice and the squeeze," Sanu quipped.

What does that mean?

"You just gotta see," he said. "It's not something you explain, you either got it or you don't."

There's no doubt Sanu provides a major boost to a Patriots offense that has seen its fair share of turnover at the wide receiver position this year. He enjoyed his best season as a pro in 2018 with Atlanta, racking up 66 catches for 838 yards and four touchdowns as the No. 3 option behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.

We'll all just have to wait until Sunday to find out what "the juice and the squeeze" consists of. If it's anything like what Sanu has shown throughout his eight-year career, Pats fans are in for a treat.

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Sources: Tom Brady and family preparing to leave New England

Sources: Tom Brady and family preparing to leave New England

Tom Brady doesn't officially become a free agent until the new league year begins on March 18, but the rumors are already flying about the New England Patriot quarterback's future.

A report surfaced earlier in the week that Brady and his family purchased a home in Greenwich, Connecticut. As NBC Sports Boston's own Tom E. Curran pointed out, that is false.

But that doesn't mean Brady isn't planning on making a move.

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Thursday night on "Arbella Early Edition," Gary Tanguay revealed that a source told him Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen are looking to leave New England.

"I was told today by a source the family is planning to leave the area," Tanguay said. "The priority this time is to let the kids finish school this year, then they're gone."

Tanguay's report doesn't mean Brady is definitely leaving New England, but talks of him and his family looking to live somewhere else continue to gain steam.

If Brady indeed is moving on from New England and looking to start a new chapter, some of that could do with his desire to finally make the money he's worth in free agency.

According to Tanguay, Brady is "embarrassed" by the number of quarterbacks in the league that make more than him and has been fed up about it dating back to the summer, before he signed his contract extension.

Thirteen quarterbacks, including Brady's former backups Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett, make more on average annually than the six-time Super Bowl champion according to overthecap.com.

The truth is, we won't know for certain what's going through Brady's mind until the ink is on paper for the 42-year-old's new contract. Until then, it's going to be a stressful offseason for Patriots fans.

Curran: Is this newfound time a silver lining for Patriots?

Patriots Talk Podcast: What exactly are the Patriots up to right now?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: What exactly are the Patriots up to right now?

Needless to say, it's unusual for the New England Patriots to have so much down time in January. Typically, they're playing in the AFC Divisional Round. And the AFC Championship Game. And often, the Super Bowl.

But this year, they were eliminated in the Wild Card Round for the first time since 2009. And now, they have a lot of time on their hands.

And while their early playoff exit was surely discouraging, the Patriots could stand to benefit from this extra time.

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On the latest episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discussed how the Patriots could utilize the extra time and the positive impact it could have on the organization.

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Curran pointed out that because the team has so often been playing into February, their already thin staff has been stretched thin come draft season, which explains why the team has had some draft misses in recent seasons.

Really, it comes down to 312 days of prepreparation were sacrifice. And so for a bare bones organization in terms of both front office and coaching staff -- these guys have had shorter offseasons by a month on average than any other team in the NFL.

So on one hand, it's remarkable and it's a high-class problem. On the other hand, isn't it somewhat inevitable that you might have some draft swings and misses?

Perry agreed with Curran and brought up that the fact that the extra time off will give Belichick a real chance to thoroughly evaluate his roster.

I think for a team that is looking at a reboot, one of the sort of ironic things about that is that now you have time to really think that through in more detail and not to say that Bill Belichick isn't planning or looking at his roster, how it's constructed, how the contracts set up and trying to plan ahead. I'm sure he is doing that to a certain extent.

But you can only spend so much time on those things when you're getting ready for the divisional round, the AFC Championship Game every year, the Super Bowl every other year.

This surely makes sense and is definitely a positive for the Patriots. Perhaps with that extra time, Belichick can find a way to retain Tom Brady while significantly upgrading his supporting cast.

For more on the Patriots offseason plans, potential changes in their front office, and predictions for the AFC and NFC Championship Games, check out the latest episode of the Patriots Talk Podcast, which drops every Tuesday and Thursday as a part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.