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This stat shows Patriots QB Tom Brady is shredding blitzes this season

This stat shows Patriots QB Tom Brady is shredding blitzes this season

Blitz Tom Brady at your own peril.

The New England Patriots quarterback is among the best in the NFL at getting the ball out quickly to avoid oncoming blitzes, and that abiltity has been on full display through the first two games of the 2019 season.

Brady has a near-perfect QB rating against the blitz so far, and it leads all quarterbacks entering Week 3. Here's a look at the top 10:

The 42-year-old quarterback has thrown for 605 yards with five touchdown passes and zero interceptions over two weeks. He's also completing 68.8 percent of his passes as the Patriots have cruised to wins over the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins by a combined score of 76-3.

Brady's offense is absolutely loaded with quality wide receivers, most notably Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Phillip Dorsett and now Antonio Brown. Blitzing the best quarterback of all-time and leaving these wideouts in one-on-one coverage is quite a risk for opposing defenses. 

The best approach for defenses might be to not bring extra pressure and just rush Brady with four players, given the injuries on New England's offensive line. The Patriots are not at full strength along their o-line, with their starting center out for the season and both starting tackles battling injuries. Brady was sacked twice and hit on a few other occasions behind a banged up offensive line Sunday against the Dolphins.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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