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Patriots QB Tom Brady’s stats with Antonio Brown on field in Week 2 were impressive

Patriots QB Tom Brady’s stats with Antonio Brown on field in Week 2 were impressive

A new Antonio Brown era began Sunday in Miami, and the early results were encouraging for the New England Patriots.

Brown made his debut for the team and caught three passes for 36 yards from quarterback Tom Brady on the opening drive. The veteran wide receiver also drew a defensive holding penalty in the red zone that helped lead to a Sony Michel rushing touchdown on that first possession.

The 31-year-old later hauled in a 20-yard touchdown from Brady near the end of the first half. Brown was targeted four more times in the second half but he and Brady couldn’t connect on any of them. He finished with four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Overall, Brady’s stats with Brown on the field Sunday were pretty impressive. After all, the Pats earned a 43-0 win. Here’s a breakdown of the numbers, as compiled by Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal. 

Brown clearly has a ways to go before his chemistry with Brady is strong, but in fairness to the wide receiver, he only had a week to learn as much of the team’s playbook as possible before Sunday’s matchup in Miami.

There’s no question Brown is still one of the league’s best wideouts, and Sunday’s performance provided an early glimpse of just how good the Patriots passing attack can become with him in the fold.

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Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Scratch that Danny Amendola-Patriots reunion.

Peter Schrager of the NFL Network reports the free-agent wide receiver is re-signing with the Detroit Lions, where he spent last season and had 62 catches for 678 yards. Former Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will enter his third season as Lions coach in 2020. 

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The 34-year-old left the Patriots after five seasons to sign with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and may have burned a bridge or two with Bill Belichick. 

It had been speculated that perhaps bringing in a former reliable Tom Brady receiver might be part of a plan to lure Brady back to New England, with a report in late January that Amendola could come along to wherever Brady lands in free agency, but a Brady-Amendola reunion in Detroit isn't happening, either. 

Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

There's one big question that New England Patriots are facing this offseason. Who is going to be their starting quarterback in 2020?

For the past 20 seasons, the team hasn't really had questions at the position. It has always been Tom Brady's job. But with the 42-year-old set to hit free agency, the Patriots can't necessarily count on him returning unless they want to pay him what he's worth.

So, now the question for the Patriots becomes, what will life look like if Brady departs?

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On the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast, which returns for its first episode of the 2020 offseason, Phil Perry is here to explore that question. And really what it all boils down to is what the Patriots are looking for in a potential successor.

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As Perry notes, it's likely to be one of two types of quarterback: The traditional pocket passer or a more mobile athlete in the mold of some of the recent success stories at the position.

Do the Patriots look for the next Brady? Uber-accurate, somebody who's going to sit in the pocket and absolutely dissect every little aspect of the defense that he is looking at. Or, do they go a different route? Do they go with an athlete? Do they get more mobile? Because talking to people this offseason, I'm getting a whiff -- I'm getting a scent that people believe the pocket passer might be dead.

Perry is joined by guests including Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films, and NFL Network's Kurt Warner to answer questions about Brady's future and what his game has looked like in recent seasons.

For more thoughts about the Patriots offseason, check out the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast, available as part of the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.