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These stats highlight the Patriots' excellence protecting the quarterback

These stats highlight the Patriots' excellence protecting the quarterback

The pillars of any good offense in the NFL most likely involve good quarterback play, a solid offensive line and a scheme that maximizes the strengths of its skill players. 

The Patriots have checked all of those boxes for almost two decades, and it's helped them win six Super Bowl championships and nine conference titles. Tom Brady has been the constant for the entire run of dominance and the offensive line's ability to keep a clean pocket has helped him play into his age-42 season. 

According to Connor Price of Pro Football Focus, the Patriots have the fourth-fewest quarterback pressures (2,001) in the league over the last 10 years, trailing only the Bengals (1,786), Saints (1,945) and Titans (1,957). The league-average for the last 10 years is 2,025 quarterback pressures.

Not only that, but New England also sports the fourth-best pressure rate over that span as well (25.4 percent), behind Cincinnati, New Orleans and Pittsburgh with the league average hovering around 28 percent.   

The Patriots have consistently invested in their offensive line and have the masterful Dante Scarnecchia overseeing the unit, but Brady executing the team's offensive scheme to perfection goes a long way in these stats as well. 

What makes Brady so good, among many things, is his ability to understand opposing defense's tendencies and concepts. This allows him to dissect what's happening in front of him quicker than basically any other quarterback and hit his receivers before pass rushers can finish their moves. 

Without Rob Gronkowski going into this season and seemingly more weapons on the outside than normal, it will be interesting to see if the Patriots' offensive line can continue to keep the pocket clean for Brady if he targets more downfield throws. 

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Tom Brady reacts to being listed as 22 years old in game day program

Tom Brady reacts to being listed as 22 years old in game day program

Tom Brady is currently the oldest quarterback in the NFL at age 42. But apparently, not everybody knows that.

The New England Patriots quarterback posted a picture of a game day program on his Instagram story recently. And that roster had him listed at just 22 years old, as you can see via this tweet from ESPN.

That's quite a mistake to make, especially considering that Brady is one of the league's longest-tenured players. The mistake certainly must have elicited some laughs from those who noticed it. And evidently, Brady found it funny as well.

Of course, Brady was obviously happy with the results. After all, he has spent the last 10 years hearing about how old he is getting and how close to retirement he is. It must be nice to get a change of pace and be mistaken for being on the younger side.

While Brady isn't 22 anymore, he is still as spry and active as a young quarterback and evidently, he still plans on playing until he's 45. He is only under contract with the Patriots for one more year, despite the extension he inked with the team, but he has made it clear that he wants to continue playing in the NFL for the foreseeable future.

We'll soon see if that ends up being possible and how Brady fares during the 2019 NFL season.

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Patriots release WR Dontrelle Inman after Josh Gordon's reinstatement

Patriots release WR Dontrelle Inman after Josh Gordon's reinstatement

The New England Patriots are in the process of shuffling their receiving corps ahead of the 2019 NFL season. Last Friday, they got the news that Josh Gordon was being conditionally reinstated by the NFL. But his return also means that they will likely have one less spot open for a receiver option on the team's final 53-man roster.

While Gordon is starting his time with the team on the NFI list, he may not stay there long. As a result, the team needed to release a player to make room for Gordon, but one of their veteran receivers made the decision easy for them. 

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, veteran receiver Dontrelle Inman asked for his release from the Patriots and the team elected to grant it.

The Patriots confirmed the release shortly after the reports on Twitter.

This isn't too much of a surprise, as Inman was becoming a longshot of making the Patriots' final roster. Considering that Gordon, Julian Edelman, and N'Keal Harry were virtually roster locks and impressive undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers was trending in that direction as well, Inman would have had to fight with guys like Maurice Harris, Phillip Dorsett, and Braxton Berrios for one or two spots in the receiving corps. And evidently, Inman didn't like his chances of winning that battle.

Inman will now have a chance to try to latch onto another receiver-needy team before the season starts. Or, he can wait to sign with a team that suffers injuries at the position.

As for the Patriots, they should be fine without Inman. They still have plenty of depth at the position and replacing Inman on the roster with Gordon will upgrade both their 90-man and 53-man units overall.

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