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Patriots QB Tom Brady admits he revels in pissing off defenses by running

Patriots QB Tom Brady admits he revels in pissing off defenses by running

The New England Patriots might have gone an entire game without scoring a touchdown if quarterback Tom Brady hadn't scrambled for a first down on a 3rd-and-three situation in the second quarter.

It was Brady's third and final series of Thursday night's preseason matchup against the Panthers at Gillette Stadium. The 42-year-old quarterback picked up the first down using his legs, and eight plays later fullback James Develin ended the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run that led to a 10-3 victory.

"I think those plays are important," Brady said when asked about keeping plays alive with his feet. "To get a first-down conversion on me scrambling, I'm sure the defensive coordinator is like, 'What the heck? This is not -- you know, we've got to stop (Julian) Edelman, we've got to stop (James White), we've got to stop the run game, we've got to stop these great players.'

"And all of a sudden, Brady for a scramble. That's got to piss him off pretty good. So, I revel in that. Hopefully, I can do that once a game -- I think I'd be good with that -- and if they give me an opportunity, I'll take it. It's just, I don't think it would be much more than four of five yards."

You can tell Brady takes great pride in his ability to extend plays with his footwork. He's never been a mobile quarterback, but few players at his position are more effective at moving around in the pocket to evade pressure and deliver an accurate pass.

The Patriots have a great rushing attack led by Sony Michel and a deep group of running backs. Brady probably won't need to pick up yards with his legs too often this season, but he's clearly going to take advantage of any opportunities that arise.

After all, he's got to keep his status a 1,000-yard rusher intact.

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

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Five Patriots plays among Top 30 on NFL 100 list

Last week, the NFL released all but the Top 30 of its 100 greatest plays as part of its 100th-anniversary celebration. Seven plays involving the Patriots cracked that list.

This week, it was a countdown of plays 30 to 1 and the Pats found themselves well-represented again. 

The list was selected by a panel of 50 voters (the same panel that votes for the NFL Awards and the All-Pro team), including our own Tom E. Curran, who listed his Top 20 plays earlier this summer, here. Voters were given a ballot of 100 plays and asked to rank 50.

The rest of the countdowns on NFL Network continue next week with Greatest Games (Sept. 27 & Oct. 4), Characters (Oct. 11 & Oct. 18), Game-Changers (Oct. 25 & Nov. 1) and Teams (Nov. 8 & Nov. 15).

The No. 1 play was Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception" touchdown in the Pittsburgh Steelers' December 1972 playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders.

 

 

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

Report: Antonio Brown's latest incident 'enraged' Robert Kraft

The Patriots gave Antonio Brown a shot at redemption when they signed him earlier this month, then another when they kept the wide receiver amid allegations of sexual assault.

But on Friday, enough was enough. When intimidating text messages sent by Brown to one of his accusers leaked to the public, that was the final straw.

Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft came to the conclusion cutting ties with Brown was in the best interest of the team. According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the decision stemmed from Kraft being "enraged" upon hearing about Brown's latest incident.

Howe writes:

Kraft, who was on a business trip, became enraged Friday when he heard the details of Brown’s most recently reported incident of text messaging harassment of a former female acquaintance. Kraft and Belichick spoke and decided together to officially release Brown just 11 days after the Patriots signed the controversial star receiver, according to sources.

Shortly before the release was announced, Belichick walked off the podium in the middle of his press conference following a flurry of questions related to Brown. He did note, however, “There are some things that we’re looking into.”

Brown's tenure in New England lasted only 11 days and one game -- last Sunday's 43-0 win over the Dolphins. Now, he's again a free agent faced with hoping another team will be willing to give him yet another chance.

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