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Patriots' Tom Brady watches, cheers for his former backup QBs 'every week'

Patriots' Tom Brady watches, cheers for his former backup QBs 'every week'

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady no longer shares a locker room with Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett and many other quarterbacks who've served as his backup, but the 42-year-old veteran still cheers them on from a distance.

Brady was asked Monday night during his weekly Westwood One Radio interview with Jim Gray about which of his former backup quarterbacks is the best? The six-time Super Bowl champion responded by saying he cherishes the relationships he's built with these former teammates, and that he consistently pays attention to how they're doing.

“Aw man, that’s a tough question," Brady admitted. "You know, when Jimmy was with me, he was very young. It was his rookie year. He got a great opportunity with the (San Francisco 49ers). He’s still really trying to establish himself and his career, but everything that he has done has been very exceptional. Jacoby Brissett, look what he’s done. Goes to the (Kansas City) Chiefs (on Sunday night) and wins a game. Matt Cassel had an incredible career. Brian Hoyer’s backing up Jacoby Brissett.

"There’s just been a lot of great guys that I’ve played with that are still all my great friends, and I watch them and I cheer for them every week. We exchange texts and emails. Again, I think what’s mattered most to me is relationships, the brotherhood that I have with all these guys. So, you share this room, it’s a very intimate room, and we’re all competitors and we all want to play. The guys that move on to other teams, I can see things that we’ve talked about that carry over to other teams. It’s just a great feeling. I’ll be buddies with these guys for the rest of my life.”

The Patriots' 2016 quarterback depth chart of Brady, Garoppolo and Brissett is looking mighty impressive entering Week 6 of the 2019 season.

Brady (5-0) and Garoppolo (4-0) are the starting QBs for the only two unbeaten teams remaining. Brissett has impressed, too, stepping in for the retired Andrew Luck and leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 3-2 record, and most recently a Week 5 win on the road against a previously unbeaten Chiefs squad.

A playoff matchup featuring Brady going up against Garoppolo or Brissett would make for plenty of exciting storylines, and given how the first five weeks of the season have unfolded, it's a scenario that could actually happen.

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Patriots rookie Chase Winovich surprises his mother with new car

Patriots rookie Chase Winovich surprises his mother with new car

Chase Winovich once promised his mother he'd buy her a new car. On Wednesday, he followed through with that promise.

The New England Patriots rookie bought his mom a 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata and showed it off on his Instagram.

Winovich also included a video of his mother's reaction to the big surprise, along with a caption that reads, "I can never repay you, but here’s a start. I love you mom."

Take a look below (click arrow to watch video).

Back in early October, Winovich was fined $7,000 for throwing the ball into the stands after scoring his first NFL touchdown. The 24-year-old defensive end wrote a message to his mom apologizing.

"Sorry mom for launching that new car I promised you into the stratosphere during my celebration! Love you!" he wrote.

Looks like that little mishap only delayed the purchase one month.

Winovich is excelling in his first year as a pro. The Patriots' third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft has 4.5 sacks and 14 tackles through his first 10 games.

Finally being able to pay back his mother, of course, is his best highlight yet.

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Report: Antonio Brown countersuing his first accuser, Britney Taylor

Report: Antonio Brown countersuing his first accuser, Britney Taylor

It looks like the next chapter of the Antonio Brown saga is going to be taking place in court.

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Brown is filing a countersuit against Britney Taylor alleging "defamation" and "interference with his NFL contracts and endorsements."

Taylor accused Brown of sexual assault earlier this year. Brown was released by the Patriots about a week and a half after those allegations surfaced and he has remained unsigned since that time.

Brown recently met with the NFL to discuss Taylor's allegations, but no decision regarding his status has been made. 

That said, Brown is reportedly optimistic that he will play against in 2019.

Over the course of the past couple days, Brown has had his name resurface in connection to the New England Patriots.

It all started when Brown apologized to Patriots owner Robert Kraft in an Instagram post where Brown said he was sorry for "the bad media and the drama" that he brought to the Patriots. Tom Brady liked Brown's post and that started a discussion about whether Brady would want Brown to return to the team.

Brady and Bill Belichick both avoided talking much about Brown's apology in press conferences on Wednesday.

While the Patriots could use Brown's talent -- especially as they deal with injuries to receivers Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett -- it seems unlikely that they'll welcome him back to the team amid all of his legal trouble.

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